A Crown for Corina

Little, Brown. Feb. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780759556843.
K-Gr 2–It is Corina’s birthday, and as a special gift, she is able to select her favorite flowers from Abuela’s garden to use to make her corona. With help from Abuela, Corina learns about selecting flowers that hold special meaning to her, which will help tell the story of who she is. Corina thinks about her family and selects flowers that remind her of them: sunflowers, morning glories, coneflowers, and more. She also makes sure to select blooms that symbolize who Corina would like to be. Corina’s crown of flowers is finally ready as her birthday guests arrive, and she shares the story of her corona and thinks about her family and their story long into the night. Lush watercolor illustrations showcase Abuela’s garden and the joy that is bursting inside of Corina. Colorful and vivid spreads welcome readers to the garden and the celebrations, sharing the beauty of Corina’s world and the love shared with family and friends. The text follows Corina and Abuela as they enjoy this important time together, with Corina asking Abuela about the corona as she explores the garden, and Abuela sharing the importance of family.
VERDICT A gorgeous picture book celebrating tradition, family, and memories. Highly recommended for school and public libraries.

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