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Summer 2022 OMNI

The Language of Flowers
By (author): Dena Seiferling
Dena Seiferling


Tundra Books



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Children: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
May 03, 2022
$24.99 CAD


11.3in x 8.2 x 0.48 in | 1.09 lb

Page Count:

56 pages


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JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
An adopted bumblebee learns the language of flowers from her floral family in this enchanting picture book, inspired by floriography, that celebrates one of nature’s most important relationships.

Deep within a magical meadow, some lonely flowers receive a very special gift: a baby bumblebee in need. The flowers name her Beatrice, they care for her and help her find her wings. And as she grows older, Beatrice learns the language of her floral family — messages of kindness and appreciation that she delivers between them. With each sweet word, the flowers bloom until the meadow becomes so big that Beatrice needs help delivering her messages and decides to set out in search of her own kind. But this little bee’s quest takes her beyond the safety of the meadow and into the dangerous swamp the flowers have warned her about, a swamp inhabited by strange plants with snapping jaws and terrible teeth…will these prickly plants let her pass? Could they just be in need of a little sweetness themselves?

A gently fanciful tale of the miracle of pollination and the important relationship between flowers and bees, this sweetly affirming story, inspired by the Victorian practice of floriography, suggests the secret to flourishing is kindness and appreciation. 

BEE KIND! is the message at the heart of this story. Beatrice’s mission to share messages of kindness, appreciation and positivity will inspire readers to do the same.

TRUE STEM CONTENT!: A celebration of the important relationship between bees and flowers — a key learning in primary school curriculum — and the interconnectedness of flora and fauna. 

FLORIOGRAPHY: A spread at the back explains how the story was inspired by floriography, the use of flowers to communicate unspoken feelings common in the Victorian period, and contains a legend with the different flowers featured in the book and their meanings. 

ADOPTION NARRATIVE: Beatrice is a little bee who is adopted into a floral family in which she thrives and is seen as a gift. 

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR DEBUT: This is the first book authored by illustrator and needle-felt artist Dena Seiferling, who has garnered acclaim and numerous honors, including a Governor General’s Literary Award nomination, and has nearly 46K followers on Instagram. Dena’s work has been exhibited at galleries internationally and her clients include Disney and Pixar. 

GORGEOUS, ADORABLE ART: Dena’s whimsical, softly-hued graphite illustrations evoke the magic of Alice in Wonderland’s talking flowers and the floral textiles of William Morris. 

GIFT APPEAL: With gold foil on the cover, gorgeous art and design and its positive message, this book makes a beautiful gift for a wide range of readers. 

DENA SEIFERLING is an illustrator and needle-felt artist who graduated with a BFA and Visual Communications Degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design where she later worked as an instructor. She is the illustrator of King Mouse, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and its companion book Bear Wants to Sing, as well as Alice and Gert: An Ant and Grasshopper Story. The Language of Flowers marks her authorial debut and was inspired by the love of flower gardening that has connected her maternal family through the generations. In her garden in Calgary, Alberta, Dena grows peonies for her mother, forget-me-nots for her grandmother and daffodils for her children.

Author Residence: Calgary, Alberta

Publicity: School & Library outreach

TundraTime downloadable material

STEM focus

eCards or social assets of flowers

Author Website: www.denaseiferling.com

Author Social Media: @dena.seiferling

One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2022)

“Soft graphite illustrations conjure a fairy tale-like atmosphere.” Booklist

“The graphite illustrations are well executed, representing the personality of each flower and a winsome Beatrice.” CM Reviews

“The gorgeous illustrations in this picture book help tell the tale of a baby bee who grows up among a garden of flowers.” Calgary Herald

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