The Dandelionís Cousin
by Gertrude Teutsch
Adonis Press, 2004
36 illustrated pages; hardcover; $13.75
This beautifully illustrated children's book was created out of Gertrude Teutsch's love for the harethistle (genus Sonchus
), a tall relative of the dandelion, which grew around her home. As a gifted mother, teacher, and artist, she found a way of presenting the development of this plant to children through a delightful story-book. † Her pictures and narrative enter imaginatively into the various stages and formations of the plant and bring them vividly alive. † This book will engender a love for and lively interest in nature -- a wonderful resource for parents as well as kindergarten and lower grades teachers. † "I have always loved plants. Seeing this despised weed develop so many different forms intrigued me as an artist. Nature is a wonderful teacher!"