Non-Fiction Picture Book Review: Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes and Cathy Morrison (Illustrations)


Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes and Cathy Morrison (Illustrations)

Age Range: 4 and up

Genre: Non-fiction picture book

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (February 10, 2014)

Source: From publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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?

About the Author:

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 /

About the Artist:

 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 Sylvan Dell. 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

My Thoughts:

Once again, I’ve been impressed with the quality of books that Arbordale Publishing has put out this spring.  My kids like this particular book because it’s about a daisy seed that is looking for a good place to set down roots and call home.  With spring deciding to show up, it’s the perfect book to spark the kiddos’ imaginations and get them thinking about nature.

It’s more than just a book about spring, however.  Daisylocks travels on the wind to different geographical areas and tries them all out.  She goes to the desert, the jungle, the beach, and so forth.  The illustrations give kids a visual to go along with Daisylock’s travels.  They show the wildlife and vegetation in each location.  Kids get a wonderful sense of place and atmosphere as the little seed tries out the ground in each area.

The story is simple and designed to inform kids about geography and springtime.  It’s another good book for the classroom or homeschoolers.  There is a section in the back that offers additional information on plants, their habitats, and what they need to grow.  For more activities and information, you can visit the publisher’s website


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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