‘What is it?’ asked Tom.
‘It’s a daffodil,’ said Mr Yilmaz.
‘That’s not a daffodil,’ said Tom. ‘That’s an onion.’
‘Well, let’s plant it and see,’ said Mr Yilmaz.
When Tom’s neighbour. Mr Yilmaz, gives him a funny looking bulb in a brown paper bag, Tom isn’t convinced that it could really be a daffodil. But with Mr Yilmaz’s guidance, and lots of patience, Tom watches the bulb become first a green beak, then green fingers, then a rocket-bud and, at last, a golden daffodil.
That’s Not a Daffodil! is a playful tale of nature in action, with a gorgeous focus on intergenerational friendship. Apart from a bird, a dog and one scene involving Mr Yilmaz’s grandchildren coming to play, Tom and the old man are the only characters in the book, giving their special friendship a lovely focus.
Illustrated with creator Elizabeth Honey’s usual deft simplicity, this is a warm, heart-filled offering.
That’s Not a Daffodil!, by Elizabeth Honey
Allen & Unwin, 2011
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