Wendy The Weed - by Leo Zarko
Wendy is a green weed found in the middle of all these pretty flowers. She is happy and loves the sun and rain. Sometimes she would feel lonely because the bugs and bees only climbed on the nice smelling flowers. One day a storm came that threatened to wash away the flowers. Because Wendy’s roots were much deeper, she held onto the flowers to keep them safe. After the storm passes, Wendy is left with no strength to hold herself up. The flowers around her realize how amazing she is and that she is such an important part of their garden community. One by one the flowers lift Wendy up. Now she is strong again. One day a man and his family come by the flower patch for a picnic. The man decided this weed had no place alongside the colorful plants, so he rips the weed from the ground and throws the weed out in his trash can. Thanks to a raccoon, Wendy finds her way to the ground and re-roots herself. The townspeople start to notice the flower patch isn’t doing well anymore and a child points out that the beautiful weed with shades of green is missing. Once the man finds out what he has done, he returns the weed back to the flower patch and all the flowers are happy again.
This book has such a great message that is important for kids to learn. Beauty is on the inside. Wendy may look like a weed, but she is full of love and life. She may be different but she is just as much a part of her flower community as any of the other flowers. I really loved the story. I love how focused it was on one main character so that you can get really connected with her.
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