Fall 2024

The Language of Flowers

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Juhi learns the language of flowers while helping her Appa in his flower shop. Can she draw on this knowledge to express her grief when her favorite customer passes away?

Juhi loves helping her Appa sell flowers to the local community. In Appa’s flower shop, Juhi knows the language of love—lilies for affection, irises for hugs and kisses. She knows the language of faith—frangipani for full moon days, red hibiscus for the temple. She knows the language of celebration—daffodils for the newborn, peonies for a birthday cake. But when her Appa tells her that her favorite customer has passed away, she does not know the language of grief. While Appa makes a bouquet of lilies and orchids to bring to Mr. Potter’s funeral, Juhi decides to make him one final bouquet of her own. Which flowers will she choose to remember a man who was always so full of life?

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-09-10
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039030, JUV029040, JUV074000
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 10 x 10
Guided Reading Level O
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Shyala Smith

Shyala Smith is a content strategist, author, and screenwriter whose stories center around navigating immigrant life and finding magic. Born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Shyala now lives in London, UK, with her family.

Illustrator: Aaron Asis

Aaron Asis is a Filipino illustrator, best known for his expressive brushstrokes. His illustrations have earned recognition from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People and the Society of Illustrators. He draws inspiration from childhood, nature, and everyday life.


Kirkus Reviews

“Juhi’s ability to communicate complex emotions in nonverbal ways is a joy to behold. . . . A touching tale of love, community, and expression.”—Kirkus Reviews