Watch Me Bloom: A Bouquet of Haiku Poems for Budding Naturalists

by Krina Patel-Sage (Author) Krina Patel-Sage (Illustrator)

Watch Me Bloom: A Bouquet of Haiku Poems for Budding Naturalists
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Mindful haiku poems to help us rediscover our natural surroundings, without traveling too far from home.

Some flowers are the subject of nursery rhymes and childhood games while others help us celebrate love, remember our homelands or mark the passing seasons. These mindful haiku poems invite us to explore twenty-four flower species growing close to home, from wildflower meadows to urban window boxes.

The nature-themed follow up to My Mindful A to Zen, this gorgeous collection of poems teaches us that treating ourselves and our planet mindfully can also be a treat for the senses.

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Kirkus Reviews

A bright bouquet of poems, petals, and values.


Twenty-four mindful haiku about flowers that can be grown or found wild will delight young gardeners and naturalists...The book's overall effect encourages reflection and awareness of nature to benefit health.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4--This colorful collection of haiku that pays homage to flowers is sure to brighten readers' days. Each page contains a haiku devoted to a different flower variety and an illustration that shows people interacting with one another in natural settings that depict the flower from the poem. The haiku are presented in seasonally appropriate order, starting with flowers associated with early winter months, like snowdrops and roses for Valentine's Day, and progressing all the way to orchids and poinsettias, perfect for end-of-year holiday gift giving. People depicted in the illustrations are diverse in age, race, and gender. Illustrations are bright and inviting, resembling a papercut style that works well with the cheery floral poetry. A "Floral Fun Facts" section at the end of the text includes interesting tidbits about each of the flowers reflected in the poems. There is also a final note that each entry in the book highlights one or more of the "five ways to wellbeing," which help improve mental health. Educators teaching about haiku will find this collection helpful to illustrate how versatile the form can be. VERDICT Poetry fans and educators alike will enjoy this bright and cheery collection of floral-focused haiku.--Ellen Conlin

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Lantana Publishing
Publication date
March 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
JNF037030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Flowers & Plants
JNF022000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Gardening
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Mindfulness (Psychology)

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