Thursday, June 22, 2017

More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions Part 1: An idea from my daughter

More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions is a book dedicated to those who don't mind a few dandelions and for the dads who are always wishing for more time with their children.

I hope you buy the book for your family or as a gift for an enthusiastic new dad or a blossoming young reader! The book is available on AMAZON. I really appreciate your support!

Oh, dandelions. Does any other flower cause more debate? It seems either people love them or hate them. Adults that is. Children. They all love them. I noticed this with my children. All of them picked dandelions for me and their mom. Countless times I had to put the dandelions in a cup or a small vase and display them on the kitchen table.

When I was working on More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions I was reassured that this was a universal concept. I saw children from my daughter's preschool class picking dandelions when they were out on the playground and saved them to give to their mom at pick-up time.

I thank my children for teaching me to appreciate a dandelion's beauty. Before having kids, I treated our lawn with chemicals to keep it dandelion free. Now, when the treatment service salesperson comes to our door I say, "No. Thank you. We love our dandelions." The confused look on their face is always priceless.

Dandelions are beautiful.

On a walk with my youngest daughter in 2014 she gave me the idea for More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions. She was just two years old and she loved to ride in her stroller.

One day, as we walked around the neighborhood, she shouted "More!" each time she saw dandelions in someone's yard. If there were lots of dandelions, she shouted, "More. More!" Then, we got to the house on the corner in our neighborhood.

And she shouted, "More. MORE. MORE!"

Her excitement for the dandelions was precious. I immediately imagined a picture book with just the word "MORE" driving the story. I wrote the idea in my journal so I wouldn't forget.

Child riding in stroller pointing out dandelions (only word is more until [they] reach a field full of dandelions) Then, Can I pick some?"
More, more, more

I didn't need to worry about forgetting this idea. I would be reminded of it each spring when the dandelions bloomed. This idea wasn't going to go away until it became a book.

Do you want to learn more about the making of this book? Read Part 2!

More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions is available on Amazon:

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