Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Daisylocks by Mariaan Berkes Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

About the book:   Daisylocks needs a home that is just right. She asks Wind to help her find the perfect habitat to spread her roots, and he accepts the challenge. Wind blows Daisylocks to the plain, the mountain and the wetland. She objects to each place one by one—too cold, too hard, too wet. Daisylocks is not ready to give up! They try the humid rainforest and then the warm beach; those are not just right either. Will Wind find the perfect climate and soil for Daisylocks to place her roots and grow into a beautiful flower?

Review:  The illustrations throughout this book are outstanding. The pictures grab your heart.

Daisylocks is a a plant looking for the right place to take root and grow healthy. Throughout this book Daisylocks searches all over the world trying to find that certain, perfect place. She doesn't believe that where she was planted is the best location for her. Through many discoveries and environments she realizes that where she was first planted is after all the perfect spot for her to flourish.

I recommend this book to everyone! It is an amazing story and might be my favorite children's book! (rev. B.Barlow, Parent)

About the author and illustrator:  Award-winning author Marianne Berkes is a retired teacher and librarian who uses her love of nature and teaching to create informational picture books. In addition to The Tree That Bear Climbed, Animalogy, Anybody Home? and now Daisylocks for Arbordale, some of Marianne’s other 17 (and counting) award-winning titles include Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun; Seashells by the Seashore; Going Home, The Mystery of Animal Migration; Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef; Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme and most recently Over in a River and What's in the Garden?. Marianne has been actively involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for over twenty years and often suggests when she speaks at conferences that aspiring writers and illustrators join SCBWI. Visit her website at /

Illustrator Cathy Morrison may have started her art career in animation but she soon fell in love with illustrating children’s books and has been doing so for 20 years. Cathy has illustrated Daisylocks, Nature Recycles: How About You?, Three Little Beavers, Animalogy: Animal Analogies, Dino Tracks, and Dino Treasures for Arbordale. Other titles Cathy has illustrated include Ignacio’s Chair, and the Young Patriots Series including Alexander Hamilton, Young Statesman; Frederick Douglass, Young Defender of Human Rights; and Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder. Cathy works from her home overlooking a beautiful view of the Mummy Range, on the northern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out Cathy’s blog at

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Daisylocks was provided by the publisher, Abordale Publishing, in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for the review.


  1. Thank you for the nice review. I'm the illustrator and love illustrating Marianne Berke's stories. She really knows what kids enjoy reading.

  2. What a fun take on a classic story! I think this would make a great addition to a plant unit. Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday on!


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