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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Tulipia lived in the Jade Oasis, a forest of tangled vines, weeds, and shrubs. She was orphaned at a young age when her parents were extracted from the Oasis. She was tall and lean and most of the foliage around her was jealous of her beauty, height, and intelligence. No one in the greenery wanted to be her friend and she was often talked about behind her back. They never gave her enough nutrients from the soil. Tulipia was lonely and to overcome her anxiety, Tulipia created fairy tales in her mind, dreaming of pink fields and purple tulips. She always felt goodness would come one day and continued to blossom amongst her enemies.
A Tribute to Tulipia by Chiara Talluto is about kindness, perseverance, and being respectful to others. The five key points Tulipia follows to survive in the Jade Oasis are helpful to young readers and can be incorporated into their lives easily. I like the way the author unfolds the entire concept using symbolism and metaphors, making the concept beautiful and enchanting. It is definitely a storybook that parents should read out loud to their kids to teach them the right values, and how to stand up for what is right. The same can be done in classrooms too where children learn how to live correctly. The approach to the topic of bullying is unique, original, and refreshing. The pictures are beautiful and they make the story even more captivating and appealing to young readers. It is a good storybook for adults as well.