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Title:
I'm glad that you're happy / Nahid Kazemi.
Title Variants:
I am glad that you are happy
ISBN:
9781773061221
Publication Information:
Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Abstract:
"When a florist puts two plants in the same rosy-colored pot, he tells the bigger, stronger plant to look after the smaller, weaker one. An artist buys the plants and takes them home, where they become part of the family, celebrating happy occasions and feeling sorrowful during hard times. But as time passes and the plants grow, the pot becomes too small, and the two must be separated. While this makes the larger plant sad, it still rejoices in the way the smaller one flourishes on its own, and looks forward to the day when they will be planted in the artist's garden to grow into trees together."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

When a florist puts two plants in the same rosy-colored pot, he tells the bigger, stronger plant to look after the smaller, weaker one. An artist buys the plants and takes them home, where they become part of the family, celebrating happy occasions and feeling sorrowful during hard times. But as time passes and the plants grow, the pot becomes too small, and the two must be separated. While this makes the larger plant sad, it still rejoices in the way the smaller one flourishes on its own, and looks forward to the day when they will be planted in the artist's garden to grow into trees together.

Nahid Kazemi has created a charming, beautifully illustrated story about accepting growth and change in close relationships.


Author Notes

NAHID KAZEMI is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer with a master's degree in painting from Tehran's University of Art. She has received awards for her illustrations in Iran, and has published more than sixty children's books. She has also taught art and has exhibited her work in Iran, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Lebanon and Serbia. Nahid lives in Montreal.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a lyrical, allegorical story, an anthropomorphic leafy plant is potted with another plant: "You have to take care of your little friend. It is smaller and weaker than you," advises the florist. When the plants are taken home to live and grow with a painter and his family, they quietly observe the joys and sorrows of the household. Kazemi's hazy, dreamlike images are infused with gentle melancholy as warmly stylized human figures-wearing patterned clothing echoed by Kazemi's depictions of climbing, curling vines and leaves-enjoy "times of happiness" and endure "times of despair." When the plant's friend grows strong, beautiful, and too large for their shared pot, the painter moves the friend to its own home: "My roots were entwined in yours. Leaving you was hard," the plant says. Yet it accepts the inevitability of change and the importance of supporting others' success and growth. Ages 4-7. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.