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Daffodil (2004)

by Emily Jenkins

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Daffodil is such a great children’s fictional book that sends a message to its readers that being yourself and expressing who you are will ultimately make you a happier you! This message is depicted in the story through the language and illustrations.

In my opinion, the language in this story is so engaging and flows very well. The story is about three sisters, triplets, and their journey towards finding their identity.
The language helps the readers engage in the story, especially in Daffodils character, because of the expressive language. For example, Daffodil really, really does not want to wear what she has to wear when her mother and sisters attend fancy parties. Her mothers, nor her sisters, are aware of how she feels. Thus, she has temper tantrums to express how she feels. For example, the text says, “Then and there, she refused to wear the yellow dress,” then font then grew large as Daffodil says, “Not now, not ever again.” I feel as though when the text becomes enlarged, like it does in this book, the readers become more engaged and connect to the story.

The illustrations are very appropriate to the mood of this story. There are several colors throughout the story, but they are contrasting to each other which, in my opinion, enhance the feeling. I loved how the three sisters in the beginning of the story all dressed exactly alike, by the middle of the story they were the same dress but in different colors, and by the end of the story they were all in completely different outfits. This was a great way to portray the message of the story – through the outfits! ( )
  sarahbassett | Nov 26, 2014 |
This story was about a young girl named Daffodil who is a triplet with two other identical sisters. Their names are Rose, Violet and Daffodil. No one could ever tell these sisters apart accept for themselves (and their mother occasionally). One sister had squinty eyes and the other had a dimple on her chin. Daffodil had no special characteristic. Their mother loved going to parties and making the girls dresses to attend parties in. The dresses would each be three different colors to enable guests to tell the sisters apart. Rose had a pink dress with bows, Violet had a purple dress with lace, and Daffodil had a bright yellow dress. Daffodil did not enjoy herself at the party watching her sisters get all of the attention for their beautiful colored dresses. She explained to her mother that she never wants to wear another yellow dress again and would prefer one of her sister's dresses. It turns out, Rose and Violet felt the same about thier dresses too. Their mother allowed them to switch dresses which they all enjoyed until they outgrew them. When it was time for their mother to make new party dresses, the girls chose their own styles. Rose wanted a black dress with a pleated skirt. Violet wanted a red dress, and Daffodil wanted a cherry red and plaid jumpsuit.
  haleyg | Sep 20, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374316767, Hardcover)

It's time for a change -- of clothes!

Daffodil had two sisters,
and they all three looked alike.
People couldn't tell them apart.

When Daffodil and her sisters go to parties, Mommy puts them in fancy dresses of different colors so that people will know "who is who, and which is which." Violet's dress is violet, with lots of lace. Rose's dress is pink, with little bows all over. Lucky ducks. Poor Daffodil's dress is a horrible yellow, with weird fake pearls. She hates it "very extremely hugely much." One day Daffodil finally has enough - and when she rebels, she learns something surprising from her sisters.

This funny story about individuality is given a lively twist by Tomek Bogacki's colorful illustrations.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:34 -0400)

Triplet sisters Rose, Violet, and Daffodil, grow tired of wearing the colorful party dresses that match their names.

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