“ Author: Michael Broad / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 02 February 2012 / Genre: Picture Storybooks / Publisher: Hachette Children's Books / Title: Beautiful Buttercup / ISBN 13: 9780340999448 / ISBN 10: 0340999448 / Alternative title: Forget Me Not: Beautiful Buttercup - Michael Broad / Alternative ISBN 10: 0340999431 „
This story is one in a series about a baby elephant called Forget Me Not. This book was written and illustrated in 2011 by the English author Michael Broad. While it is not entirely clear where this book is set, I suspect from the plot that it is Africa due to the type of animals it features, so this suited my eldest son well as he has just been studying Africa at school last half term.
I would say this book is best aimed at school children between about 5 and 8, and it is a nice book to read with your children. The pictures are a bit more realistic than some children's books that feature animals, and the plot is quite moralistic.
The animals in the story are moving across the plain to find grassland for grazing, moving in a pack. Little Forget Me Not wants to play along the way, and he meets a group of warthogs. When he sees that the youngest warthog is being teased for their appearance, he makes friends with the little warthog called Buttercup. The two become firm friends, though Forget Me Not cannot understand why the other animals don't see how special his little friend is.
They end up in a situation where the other animals need Buttercup's help to get to their destination, and the other animals start to see that she has some worth in their pack.
The story is quite sweet and simple. There is plenty to talk about with your child in the story from the actions of the animals and comparing it to things that might have happened in their own life. We picked this up from the library, and I am not sure that it is something that we would find really popular and want to read over and over again, but my children certainly enjoyed getting to know the characters in the book and are quite keen to see if we can track down the other books in the series.
It was nice for me to be able to talk about the animals with my 6 year old and see what he knew about them after studying them, and I was able to talk to him about things like why the ostriches stuck their head in the sand.
It is quite gentle, and my children were encouraged to care about the feelings of the younger animals and be respectful to them. I think this was lovely.