Have you ever felt like the world you live in lacks green? Or perhaps you can’t remember the last time you saw a flower bloom or a butterfly flap past.
Florette by Anna Walker is just the book to read to inspire you to turn your world from grey, brown man made landscapes into luscious green spaces that encourage laughter and love.
Mae’s family moved to a new home, away from friends and her garden. Mae misses the apples trees, daffodils and leafy cubbies. She misses the wavy grass, daisies and space for a swing.
Until one day she discovers a Florette and a small stalk of plant. Mae doesn’t know where the stalk will take her but she has a new spring in her step, hope in her heart and inspiration in her mind.
Anna Walker’s illustrations bring this story to life as we watch Mae transform from the dull grey landscape into the living green space she creates.
Florette is a beautiful story for those who might live in a world of grey, showing that with a little inspiration we can all have our own green patch.
So what can you do?
- Grow your own seeds: Grab an old egg carton and some seeds (use apple seeds, tomatoe seeds or store bought seeds). Place some tissue in the carton and then place a seed on the tissue. Cover with another layer of tissue and add water.
- Where are the local green spaces in your area? Find them – can you walk to them?
- What is the purpose of a Florette? Investigate any local Florette’s in your area.
- Grow a new plant from the graft of another plant. Investigate which plants can do this – you will be surprised!
In the Classroom
– Focus on Mae’s point of view – how is she feeling? How can we learn what she is feeling? How do we know this. Discuss if these inferences are justified. Then move onto her parents point of view. (Page can be split into two)
– How do they both feel about their new home? New view? New lifestyle? Find images and words in the story to help justify this.
– How would you feel in this landscape: What would you do? Draw your viewpoint.
Extend 1 :
– Compare the different points of view. How and why are they different? Use a Venn diagram to compare differences and justify these differences through quotes. Draw the differences of what they might see out the window.
– Create an image to recreate from both Mae’s and the mothers point of view. How might they see the garden differently? The new house? Are each of their view’s fair on each other? Could one viewpoint overtake the others? What would it mean if one viewpoint was to disappear?
Plan a garden of your own in a space in your neighbourhood or backyard!