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Flora's Wish

Flora's Wish

Current price: $18.99
Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
Dial Books
Still North Books & Bar
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A tender story of friendship and grief wrapped in the changing seasons; where comfort comes from being sheltered from harsh winds and cold temperatures. Gorgeous illustrations shape Flora’s journey of letting go, but never forgetting.

Amy Lane, Bards Alley, Vienna, VA
September/October 2023 Kids Indie Next List


In this lyrical and visually stunning picture book, a young mouse learns how to grieve and honor her best friend

Flora the field mouse was a boldly whiskered lion-tamer! Although it wasn’t very hard to be bold and brave with her best friend Lion (a dandelion) by her side. But as the seasons change, Lion’s whiskers go from a bright yellow to shimmering silver, until one day, he scatters in the wind completely. Can Flora still be brave without Lion by her side?

About the Author

Fiona Halliday is the author-illustrator of Numenia and the Hurricane, the upcoming The Legend of the Storm Goose, and the illustrator of Hello, Little One. She loves all things finned, furred, feathered, and fantastical. She studied English Literature at Edinburgh University and received a MA in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London. She has been a freelance journalist and photographer, an English teacher, and an organist. She currently works as a graphic and web designer, and does German-to-English translations. Originally from Scotland, Fiona now lives in Austria.

Praise for Flora's Wish

"Halliday’s charming, free verse poetry is paced around Pixar-ish digital illustrations in both spots and spreads . . .  this tale could be an ode to the changing seasons or a gentle introduction to grief; either way it will certainly encourage readers to snuggle up to sleep. Sweetly soothing." —Kirkus

"The illustrations are done in a way that allows readers to follow along even without the text, as the emotions are conveyedthrough facial expressions and the use of color on each page. The passing of seasons is made clear in the images, and older -readers may noticeFlora processing through -varied stages of grief. The writing itself is sprinkled with just enough alliteration to feel fun to read without beingoverbearing. Halliday skillfully weaves together themes of friendship, aging, loss, and resilience, creating a narrative that is heartwarming and empowering." —School Library Journal