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Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure ($18.95) by Naomi C. Rose. A Tibetan American girl helps her grandfather recover from an illness through the use of a traditional cure that focuses on friendship and community. (6 11) September
"When Tashi's elderly Tibetan grandfather, Popola, falls ill, Tashi suggests they try the flower cure she's heard him talk about. In Tibet, he says, sick people sit among flowers with their friends in the hope that the pollen will heal them. With the help of a friendly nurseryman and Tashi's energetic encouragement, Popola pays a weekly visit to a nursery, becomes a minor celebrity among the nursery's customers, and recovers in a way that doesn't seem too farfetched. Rose (Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World) focuses on Tashi and her anxiety (when her mother drives Popola to the doctor, 'My fingers fiddle with a loose button on my shirt while I wait'; when they return, 'My heart races a hundred times faster than my legs as I run toward them'). The softly brushed paintings have a naÃ¯ve, self-tutored look, but suit the text's homespun tone. The story, outwardly realistic, turns on two charming ideas: that of a child using ancient wisdom to restore the health of a relative, and that of a sterile American suburb becoming as close-knit as a Tibetan village. Ages 6 11. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Tashi loves listening to Popola, her grandpa, sing Tibetan chants to the click, click of his prayer beads. She also loves hearing Popola's stories about the village in Tibet where he grew up. But recently Popola has been sick, and Tashi is worried.
One of the stories Tashi remembers told how people in Popola s village use flowers to help themselves recover from illnesses. Will this healing tradition work in the United States, so far from Popola s village? Determined to help Popola get better, Tashi recruits family, friends, and neighbors in a grand effort to find out.
Lyrically told and illustrated with impressionistic paintings, Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure shines a tender light on the universal bond between grandchild and grandparent. Readers of all ages are sure to be inspired by the gentle power of this story and its spirit of compassion and community.