Niles lives all alone in a big dirty house filled with dust and memories of the people who used to live there.
Then one day, a little boy appears on his doorstep and asks Niles to take care of his plant. Astonished, Niles takes the pot of earth and wonders what to do with it.
As a seedling appears, Niles realizes how empty and lonely his house is and begins to care for the plant, his house, and himself. By the time the little boy returns, the flower has bloomed into a beautiful poppy, and Niles and his house are filled with hope again.
This beautiful and uplifting story of loss and hope by Martin Widmark is accompanied by stunning, atmospheric illustrations by Emilia Dziubak, which capture Niles's journey from loneliness to friendship.
(Ages 4 to 7 years)
Martin Widmark is the bestselling Swedish children's author of over 100 books. His titles consistently top Sweden's bestseller lists and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Before becoming a full-time author, Martin worked as a middle-school teacher and a Swedish language teacher for immigrants, and now uses his experiences to promote reading and literacy for young people.
Emilia Dziubak is an award-winning illustrator based in Poland. She is a graduate of The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and has illustrated numerous children's picture books that have been translated throughout the world.