Troubador The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed

Released: 28/11/2015

ISBN: 9781785891632

eISBN: 9781784628406

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed


Have you ever wanted to read a children’s picture book to your child which was not only great fun and interesting for them, but also really entertaining and thought provoking for you?! 

Well, look no further …. my children’s picture book The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed has been trialled on lots of families and all the parents say, “there’s so much more to this book than in other children’s picture books, and the kids just love Dolores, the big bright bold dandelion. … they just want to keep reading it!” 

The story is about a dandelion called Dolores, who can’t understand why she is called a weed when she is just as beautiful as the other flowers. One day, however, when a storm blows in, it’s Dolores who keeps her head while the other flowers lose theirs! 

The book is beautifully illustrated with bright colours and designed to make any child or adult want to pick it up and read more. It is written from life experiences, which gives it a charming authenticity, and with a great humorous play on words – it’s a must-have read for any child!

My children's picture book 'The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed’ is about a dandelion called Dolores who believes she is just as good as the beautiful flowers even though she is called a weed. But when a storm comes it's the beautiful flowers that lose their heads while the weeds keep theirs! The story deals with self esteem and is beautifully illustrated, and with a great play on words it appeals to adults as well as children.

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Splashes into Books

I love this children's book and so do my children. The artwork has an amazing contrast, bright colours which captures the children's imagination and the story is very fluid and easy to follow. keep up the good work Ann

by Fran Rouse

Adorable book that teaches children that even though they may be different, everyone has their uses!

by NetGalley Reviewer

Nice story, cute and simple pictures. My kids are going to LOVE this!

by NetGalley Reviewer

This book works well in the elementary classroom when discussing differences, bullying, and acceptance. The story is a quick read and demonstrates that when we have confidence in ourselves and refuse to let others define us, we define ourselves to the world. Easy to read and is a definite add to a classroom library.

by NetGalley Reviewer

This is such a lovely book to read with a little one, my niece adored it, and it raises some very interesting topics for further discussion.

Dolores the dandelion does not consider herself to be a weed at all, and why should she with her beautiful yellow petals and soft leaves! I love her positive attitude and her excellent self-esteem is certainly something to aim for.

The illustrations are bright and wonderful, it is a really sweet and funny read, I just wish it was longer. A highly recommended children's book.

by StarryNight

I loved the message of this book. No matter what label society/others place on us, it's all in how we see ourselves. Fantastic!

by Shannon Hearne

A delightfully illustrated book telling the story of Delores the Dandelion who can’t understand why she is called a weed as she believes she is just as beautiful as the other flowers. The book is beautifully illustrated, the story well presented and the morals that could be drawn from it are fantastic! Sometimes it isn’t how others see you but how you see yourself and behave that counts - a great lesson for young and old alike.

This book will be great for anyone trying to improve the self esteem of youngsters who see themselves as lacking in anyway compared to their peers. It values and promotes self-worth in an easily understandable manner that could be invaluable with individuals and classes alike. I highly recommend this fantastic book.

by Elaine Brent

This is a charming book with a positive, upbeat message. Love the colorfully, vibrant illustrations. This would be a great conversation-starter for teachers and parents to talk to children about what is unique about them. What are their strengths? Reading this book as a class could morph into a science unit on flowers.

by Linda Keefer

Very cute book with good message about appreciating who you are. Live up to your strengths.

by Laura

With it's strong message and colourful illustrations, The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed is a lovely reminder to use our unique gifts to help those around us. A story for kids of all ages!

by NetGalley reviewer

With a catchy title and brightly colored cover, "The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed" will grab your attention. Dolores, the dandelion, will keep you turning the page. I appreciate stories I can share with my students that question norms, and celebrate their differences/uniqueness. Highly recommend.

by NetGalley reviewer

Dolores the dandelion believes that she is beautiful and useful even though she is considered a weed. As a storm approaches, Dolores makes a selfless decision to help the other dandelions.

A fun story with bright illustrations and a good message. For kids that have ever had self-esteem issues or been called a name they did not appreciate, Dolores the dandelion is a character everyone can relate to. The book also includes some common flowers and why flowers like dandelions are important.

by Stephanie Hildreth

I really enjoyed this cute book. The story and illustrations are perfect for young children. I would love to see more by this author.

by Emily Shelton

The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed is full of beautiful brightly coloured drawings. I loved how the dandelions had faces and arms giving them personalities.

The story was unique and would be a good one for helping children think about their own qualities, how they are similar or different than other children and learning to see that does not make them of more or less worth than others, just a person with different qualities.

I rated this cute little book with excellent lessons 4 stars out of 5.

by NetGalley reviewer

The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed by Ann is an easy to read story that children of all ages will love. The author uses the "heroine" Dolores to deliver a powerful message of self awareness, worth and acceptance,.all done in a way that is easy for young readers to capture the message. My daughters 5 & 11, my wife an elementary school teacher and I recommend this book as a good read.

by NetGalley reviewer


I trained as a graphic designer and my first book The Dandelion Who Refused to be a Weed, is an eye-catching picture book designed and written to entertain adults as well as children! The story is humorously written from my own life experiences, which gives it a charmingly authentic appeal.

With a great play on words and subtext, the story is fun, as well as being thought-provoking, and is beautifully illustrated with bright colours and characters, making any child or adult want to pick it up and read more!

Look out for more Picture Books by Ann in 2016!

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