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The Dud Bud by Michaela Skilney. Reviewed by @LightsOutWithLouise, August 25 2022
"In a wild and whimsical garden bursting with blooms of every kind, grew a little red rose name Rosie, frightened to leave her bud behind ... "
One by one, the other roses broke their buds and soared into the sky - but Rosie didn’t want to leave her safe and comfortable home behind! She worries about everything that might happen … a dragon might descend! She could be swept out to sea! A rhino could chomp on her! But thanks to a wise old Marigold, Rosie soon realises that what she’s really scared of is what the other flowers may think of her.
A wonderful story of believing in yourself and knowing you are enough, The Dud Bud is motivating and uplifting.
Readers learn about the power of letting go and will feel inspired to do the same in their own lives. Who knows what potential you hold?!
"Our minds can be so mean to us and tell us silly things - that we’re not pretty enough or smart enough or worthy of fitting in. But I am enough, just as I am,’ she confidently said. "I just need to stop imagining the worst inside my head."
The Dud Bud by Michaela Skilney. Reviewed by @Get.Kids.Booked, February 12 2022
When you read a picture book, you can sometimes feel the emotion burst through. You can feel the heart of the author beating. You can understand the motive behind the writing of the story.
The Dud Bud is the second book published by the gorgeous Michaela Skilney and from the moment you take a look at this story, you feel all of these things shine through.
When you enter this floral wonderland, you will meet Rosie, the rose bud that is too afraid to blossom and show her true self to her garden companions. Why would she want to, when her bud is safe and secure? Rosie soon learns that it is often our inner fears that prevent us from blossoming, and that if we are brave, we can let go and embrace all of life’s possibilities.
Just like in Just Peachy, (Michaela’s debut book) the messages in the story are profound and important. They are concepts that we strive to help our kids learn, and often as adults, we need to remind ourselves of.
The artworks by Amanda Merrifield are full and vibrant. They immediately attracted Miss 5’s attention and showed the emotion of the tale as we read.
This is a beautiful book for kids that need a little confidence boost, or those that get anxious or worried and need encouragement to be brave!
Thanks so much to lovely Michaela for providing this copy of The Dud Bud for us to embrace in our home.
The Dud Bud by Michaela Skilney. Reviewed by @Aussie_Kids-Books, February 9 2022
What is something that scared you, but you pushed through and did it anyway? (For me it was presenting to a panel of examiners as part of my PhD - a terrifying prospect that turned out to be not as scary as I’d imagined!)
The Dud Bud by @michaela_skilney is a visually gorgeous picture book which shines a light on having the courage to face the unknown and overcoming self-doubt.
Rosie the little rose bud is safe and comfortable inside her bud, too afraid to let go of her fears and allow herself to grow. Her fellow flower friends gently encourage her to join them as they blossom, but Rosie is convinced something catastrophic might happen if she allows herself to bloom.
Will Rosie find a way to let go of her fears and allow herself to shine?
The kids and I loved this message of having the inner courage to face your fears and reveal your true self. After reading this book together we had a chat about the ways in which sometimes it is our own inner dialogue that can be the biggest barrier to letting our guard down and giving things a go. We talked about times when we thought something would be scary - but when we actually were brave enough to give it a try it wasn’t as bad as we thought.
We loved the flowing rhymes and repetition, the gentle humour, and the empowering message of this story. We also had a chuckle at Rosie’s proclamations of what she thought might happen if she allowed herself to bloom and cheered her on the whole way.
The illustrations by @thatgrubgirl are full of such charm and whimsy - it is impossible not to feel uplifted by the vibrant light-filled pages of colour.
We loved this magical story which has an inspiring message for both kids and adults.
Check out the link in Michaela’s bio for purchase details.
The Dud Bud by Michaela Skilney. Reviewed by @Pretty_In_Primary, February 2 2022
The Dud Bud is such a great story with a powerful message. Rosie is a little red rose frightened to leave her bud and bloom. As the other flowers around her begin to blossom, Rosie stays down low in her bud. The other roses try and convince her to allow her petals to spread and soar. They tell her that she will love it high up in the sky. But, Rosie lets the negative thoughts in her head get the best of her. She constantly thinks of all of the calamitous events that can happen to her if she allows herself to bloom.
One day, Margo, a marigold, reassures Rosie that there is no need to be afraid. Rosie explains that the opinions of what the other flowers may think of her is what scares her the most. She was afraid that the other roses would not like her or think she was good enough. However, as Rosie begins to let go of her fears, she suddenly blooms into a gorgeous rose.
What a wonderful story that will teach children to not listen to the negative thoughts or opinions of others. Doing so can hinder them from blossoming into the beautiful person they are destined to be. Rosie is such an inspiration that will show children to let go of their fears and allow themselves to bloom and shine bright!
I recommend this story for children ages 7 up!
The Dud Bud by Michaela Skilney. Reviewed by @Milo_Reads, January 15 2022
The gorgeous, funny, terribly kind Michaela has sent us her second self published book, The Dud Bud, and we couldn’t love it more!
The Dud Bud follows the story of Rosie, a little red rose Bud who was petrified of blooming. She hid away and tried to stay small and sheltered, as she was worried of what negative things the world could contain. With some words of encouragement from her floral friends, she allowed herself to bloom ... and all of her fears disappeared!
This beautiful story of self acceptance and being brave is sold worldwide. Check out the link in her Instagram bio to purchase!
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