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The Wonder of Wildflowers by Anna Staniszewski

February 24, 2020

 

I could not put down Anna Staniszewski's new book, The Wonder of Wildflowers. 

 

When I first picked up the book, The Wonder of Wildflowers, I had no intention of reading for long. I just wanted to get a little feel of this book to decide if I wanted to read it or not.

 

Apparently, I wanted to read it, because the rest of my night consisted of me reading this book cover-to-cover. 

 

The Wonder of Wildflowers is a fantasy story that is packed full of parallelism to life in today's world. In this story, you will meet 10-year-old Mira. Mira and her family have just moved to her country because of her mother's job as a scientist.

 

Like many immigrants, Mira and her parents are out to find a better life for their family. Starting over in a new country is hard, but Mira desperate wants to find a way to fit in with everyone around her.

 

Fitting into a new world is especially hard when magic is available for the citizens, but not anyone else. This liquid magic makes everyone strong, healthy, smart, and all-around perfect. Mira knows she has no chance at fitting in until she herself can share in the magic. 

 

Unbeknownst to everyone in the community, the magic is dwindling, and if things don't change, it will be gone forever. Mira may never have a chance to experience life with the magic, but she is still determined to find any way to fit it. 

 

The Wonder of Wildflowers is a powerful story about finding yourself, fitting in, and sticking up for others when things are wrong. I was entranced in the magic of the story and Anna Staniszweski's ability to make the story also applies to our world today. 

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