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“Blossom & Bud” by Frank J. Sielo – Buddy’s Book Review

Welcome to Buddy’s Book Review! A review of our favorite children’s books here at The Nest Schools. We thoroughly believe in the power of literature, and we are excited to introduce wonderful new children’s books to our families in hopes that they will expand their own home libraries as we expand our own!   

How will we review and rate each book? Each book will be rated in terms of its likeness to our core values: KINDNESSWELLNESSINNOVATION, and FUN. Five beautiful feathers will be given for the core value we think each book best represents. Happy Reading! 

Blossom and Bud, a story written by Frank J. Sielo and illustrated by Brittany E. Lakin, is a beautiful children’s book that promotes self-love, builds a positive self-image, and shows kindness to all, no matter how different we may seem.  


In this book, we meet two unique and wonderful characters who feel undeserving simply because they look different. Blossom, the tallest flower in the shop, and Bud, the smallest one, just waiting to bloom. But on one special day, Mr. Baxter finds the perfect spot for both Blossom and Bud to shine, to feel loved, and to feel proud of who they are.  

 Brittany E. Lakin’s beautiful illustrations make every reader feel as if they are living inside Mr. Baxter’s flower shop! The colors, details, and beautiful diversity represented in her work help to fulfill the powerful message of kindness, self-love, and acceptance of others despite our differences.  

 With its thoughtful language and beautiful illustrations, this story is not only engaging for young children but also leaves room for discovery and conversation about self-worth, kindness, and diversity.  


Buddy is proud to give Blossom and Bud five feathers for KINDNESS and hopes that YOU will always remember to be kind to yourself and others.

You are perfect just the way you are!