At the Bottom of Dudley’s Garden: A beautifully original story about the importance of wildflowers and bees


At the Bottom of Dudley’s Garden: A beautifully original story about the importance of wildflowers and bees Author: Illustrator: Anna Platts Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Crumps Barn Studio
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Pages: 40 Illustrations and other contents: 40 Language: English ISBN: 9781838229863 Categories: , , ,

A beautifully original story about the importance of wildflowers and bees

“We need to tell you something Lily!” they buzzed. “It’s about the wildflowers …”

Lily Katinka thinks she is the most beautiful flower in Dudley’s garden. But she’s rather worried because Dudley has allowed the end of the lawn to grow wild, and it seems so untidy!

Adding to her dismay, the ‘ugly weeds and scruffy grasses’ are getting a lot of attention from the bees and the butterflies.

What is so special about the bottom of the garden? Lily Katinka has to find out …

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"Wow! Two of my favourite subjects - saving pollinators and flowers - in a book so well written and so unassuming that it surely must appeal to everyone ... The book's language is engaging and memorable, it's educational without preaching or being forceful. Its humour is subtle and the story is easy to read. The artwork is gorgeous, truly beautiful. They are reminiscent of some of the artwork from Edith Holden's "The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Woman" - all floaty poppies, cornflowers and greenery. I absolutely loved them." ~ Goodreads reviewer "What first attracted me to At the Bottom of Dudley's Garden was the theme around the storyline which is the importance of bee friendly plants and flowers in the garden to encourage pollination. The words the author uses are child friendly and warmly introduce children to an important ecological issue that is a vital cog in the wheel of life. The beautiful, stunning illustrations by artist Anna Platts are just so pretty and so idyllic. I found myself dreaming of a garden like Dudley's. At the Bottom of Dudley's Garden is a picture book that would be enjoyed by all and could be the start of a project in a school classroom or at home to create your own bee friendly areas with Humphrey Comfrey, Chloe Clover and Pippa Poppy. It is also an important lesson that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and it's not just looks that take centre stage." ~ Kraftireader - book blogger "A simple, well illustrated childrens story with a real message." ~ Amazon UK

Author Biography

Dinah Mason Eagers is a children's author dedicated to sharing original and uplifting stories about our relationship with the natural world. At the Bottom of Dudley's Garden is her debut release and it was inspired by a pioneering family member. She loves the way Lily Katinka's surprising encounter with bees encourages children to identify wildflowers in their own gardens. She is based in the Cotswolds, UK. Anna Platts is an established illustrator who is known worldwide for beautiful fabric designs sold in heritage locations. She often uses flowers (and lilies) as the central theme in her work. She is based in Devon, UK.