A Bloom of Friendship is the second title of the My Canada series by Lobster Press. The book provides the history behind Canada's Tulip Festival - the largest Tulip Festival in the world - and how it all began with a gift a thanks in 1945. That was the year that Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs to express appreciation for providing a safe haven for Holland's royal family during World War II and also in recognition of the role of the Canadian Forces in liberating the Netherlands. Each year since, Canada has been given the gift of 20,000 tulip bulbs which are planted in around Ottawa.
By use of wonderful photographs, exquisite illustration and a colourful and eye catching layout, the story is brought to the reader in a way that is guaranteed to hold their attention. The Instant History Facts posted throughout the book were an instant hit with me and I simply loved the inclusion of imagery and newspaper clippings from World War II.
This book is a great read and highly recommended. The age is 8+ but if my experience is anything to go by, it's a fun and informative read for any age.
The first book in this series is Our Song: The Story of "O Canada", the Canadian National Anthem written by Peter Kuitenbrouwer and illustrated by Ashley Spires, and the third is Our Game: The History of Hockey in Canada written by Dave Stubbs and illustrated by Neal Portnoy which is also available in french under the title: Notre Sport: L'histoire du hockey au Canada..
Illustrator's website: http://www.ashleyspires.com
Canada's Tulip Festival site: http://www.tulipfestival.ca/