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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
The Proud Sunflower, a short story by Ngozi Edema, narrates the tale of Princess Sanzu, the most gorgeous sunflower on earth. All the other flowers adore her for her beauty and her loveable nature. As a kind-hearted flower, she shares her gifts with the birds. She also completes her chores diligently. Eventually, she becomes too self-absorbed and shuns her lifelong friends. Noticing this, the ever-watchful Sun decides to punish her. Stripped of her former glory, Princess Sanzu has to leave her homeland. Alone and friendless, a repentant Sanzu finally realizes her follies. With the help of the Moon, will she be able to restore her position among her friends? To find out, you have to read this amazing story.
The Proud Sunflower is a short and easy read that is suitable for children aged three to seven years. Use of simple words, brightly-colored illustrations, and an engaging storyline make this book appealing to the intended audience. I would commend the illustrator, Swapan Debnath, for capturing the emotions on the characters’ faces perfectly. Sanzu’s changing emotions throughout the story were evident in her expressions and postures. Also, the book has an educational value as it teaches readers to be kind and compassionate. Edema demonstrates why we should never give way to pride and selfishness. Instead of being mean-spirited to our friends and neighbors, we should love them wholeheartedly. The story of Princess Sanzu will impart the sense of friendship and camaraderie to young and impressionable minds. This is a great book that children can read by themselves or parents can read this aloud to them.