Aurora's Orchid

Children - Grade K-3rd
33 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2022
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

“All good things take time.” Those were Aurora’s constant words of encouragement in Aurora's Orchid by Vicky Weber as she encouraged her family to foster and care for the lonely, spindly orchid plant year after year. Nothing happened; there was no change each year when the family visited Aurora’s family home in Rincon, Puerto Rico – no flowers, no sign of growth. “It’s just green, dull, and hopeless,” one of the children remarked one year, discouraged at its lack of growth, its lack of change. Aurora had more faith than that and encouraged her young family, as they grew older, to continue to hold onto hope. They had to learn about patience, care, and faith. Then one year, Aurora wasn’t with the family when they visited the special home away from home. But the orchid was there and so was Aurora’s overwhelming faith.

Vicky Weber’s picture book, Aurora’s Orchid, is a tender, sweet story centered around a family project to bring a spindly orchid to display its full glory. The plot follows the family as they visit the special home every summer, as they tend the orchid that appears the same, as they learn from their mother Aurora, that they must take care of things and be patient, loving, and kind. Told in simple language so young readers can follow, and with spectacular colorful illustrations, this is a heartwarming story about love in so many forms: family love, love for nature, love for each other, and more. There are some words in Spanish, but their meanings are made clear either by simple translation or by using a dialogue comment to clarify the meaning. Like the touching tales of endurance and true love by authors such as Robert Munsch and his classic Love You Forever, this story will be one to share for years to come. Loved it!