The Golden Glow

The Golden Glow

by Benjamin Flouw


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Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox meets Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever in this stylish picture book about a quest for a rare and mysterious plant.

Fox loves nature. There's nothing he enjoys more than reading about and picking flowers. One evening, he comes across a rare specimen in his old botany book — the golden glow, a plant from the Wellhidden family, found only in the mountains . . . a plant that has yet to be described. Fascinated, Fox decides to set off on a quest in search of the mysterious golden glow. He packs his knapsack, a map, a compass, a flashlight, a sleeping bag and other items for his hike. Along the way, Fox observes many different kinds of trees and plants. He also encounters woodland friends who help him make it to the summit of the mountain. But when Fox eventually stumbles upon the object of his quest, he makes a surprising decision.

With spreads of educational content interspersed throughout, The Golden Glow is a charming story that details the simple pleasures of a nature hike and celebrates observing the beauty of nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735264120
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 475,748
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

BENJAMIN FLOUW graduated from a CG animation school in France and moved to London to create backgrounds for Cartoon Network's show The Amazing World of Gumball. He is now based in Paris where he works as a freelance designer and illustrator for films and advertisements, with clients such as Variety, Martha Stewart Living and American Express. His influences run from mid-century illustrators like Miroslav Sasek and Mary Blair to 90's low-poly video games. The Golden Glow is the first picture book he has both written and illustrated.

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The Golden Glow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Fox is off on an adventure! While looking through one of his old botany books, he finds a description without a picture. Reading about the golden glow flower, Fox wants to add this flower to his collection. Before heading to bed, Fox packs his backpack for his hike into the mountain tomorrow. Early in the morning, Fox heads out. Fox studies plants and trees along the way. He sees Bear fishing and asks Bear about the golden glow flower. Bear has never seen one but believes Marmot might know something about it. Wolf takes Fox to Marmot and Marmot tells Bear where the flower is located. Fox is excited but the journey will take a while. I liked how everyone helped Fox along the way and how Fox didn’t give up during his long hike. It is getting dark and Fox decides to set up camp. It’s a good thing that he did too. Eventually, Fox finds the beautiful golden glow flower and what he does with it, proves to me that Fox cares for the world around him. This is more than just a story book, it’s a book covering some science topics also. It mentions and illustrates different trees and their leaves, a variety of flowers, and the different mountain life zones Fox sees. Written on cardstock, this book is a beauty. The illustration of the golden glow flower lit up the page with its reflective paper. I enjoyed following Fox on his walk and I enjoyed the illustrations tremendously.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book about the beauty and diversity of Nature. Fox love plants and while reading an old botany book, he finds a flower called The Golden Glow. He was not familiar with this flower, so decides he is going to head off to find one. I like how the author and illustrator labeled some of their illustrations. While packing for his trip, trees and flowers along the way with their seeds and leaves are all labeled. He meets up with some friends along the way who help him in his quest. He finally finds the flower he was looking for up on the top of the mountain. He decided that it was so beautiful, that he should leave it where it was. He observed it, drew it, labeled it and put it in his book for others to see. A book showing appreciation of nature in a simple form. It could be read to a class beginning a unit on plants and animals, studying the environment and how to protect it as well as those who just love plants, flowers and trees. My grandson noticed that most of the illustrations were done with geometric shapes. The story did not interest him as much as the illustrations, but he is only 4. I think this book would be good to read to primary aged children up to about 10 or 11.
Jennifer_Houle More than 1 year ago
THE GOLDEN GLOW follows Fox's adventure to find a special plant to add to his new collection, as he is an avid botanist. I really liked that every few pages the book broke things down specifically, so that children could imagine they were going on the adventure with Fox. (As in, there's a page where a map, a snack, a notebook, and a pencil are all drawn and labeled as things he'd need to make sure he had in his backpack, and pages similar to this throughout the book.) My favorite part, though, was that when there was only one of the special plant he had gone in search of, he did not pick it but instead drew it, so others would know what it looked like but it would have a chance to grow. It's something we should be teaching children about nature as our resources dwindle.