Leira Clara's Flowers (Paperback)

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By Doris Dearen Settles, Dana McCall (Illustrator)
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In Leira Clara's Flowers, a lyrical narrative delightfully illustrated in vibrant watercolors, Leira Clara learns from her grandmother to love gardening and to share the happiness of gardening with others. Grandmother teaches her that growing isn't enough. "Flowers are to share," Grandmother tells her. She takes her advice to heart. One of her neighbors, Mr. Thorney, presents a challenge to her plan. Mr. Thorney lives alone and seems to fiercely dislike children. Undaunted, Leira Clara is determined to share her joy and the healing power of gardening and flower-sharing with Mr. Thorney.

Leira Clara's Flowers is a lyrical narrative based on positive psychology and choice theory, essentially about making choices that cultivate kindness. Passing down a love of nature from generation to generation also embeds the idea that multi-age levels work well together. Those familiar with the well-loved classic Miss Rumphius will love the similarities. The book combines social-emotional learning skills with a love of nature. In today's environmentally challenged and increasingly busy world, fewer and fewer children are spending time outdoors.

About the Author

DORIS SETTLES learned to love gardening from both of her grandmothers. As an Extension Master Gardener in Kentucky, she has volunteered her time teaching others the joys of digging in the dirt. She chaired the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau for several years and speaks frequently to community groups. Her most recent book is Leira Clara's Flowers. Settles is also the author of Understanding i-Kids (Pelican Publishing 2011), Understanding i-Kids Classroom Workbook (Pelican Publishing 2012), and Prohibition in Bardstown: Bourbon, Bootlegging and Saloons (History Press 2016). Settles lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, Bill-and a quite-spoiled Pomeranian-where she can be found digging in her garden and processing the fruits of her gardening labors.

Praise For…

"Doris Dearen Settles has written a very sweet story with a lovely message in lyrical prose. Like Leira Clara, my sister Susie planted colorful zinnias every year in order to share. I loved that. Nature is so important in the lives of our children, and fresh flowers bring the beauty and joy of nature indoors."-Katy Moss Warner, President Emeritus, American Horticultural Society and Past President, America in Bloom

Product Details
ISBN: 9781945049279
Publisher: Shadelandhouse Modern Press
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 34