Miyuki wakes up early to say good morning to every flower in the garden, but there’s one sleepy flower that still hasn’t bloomed. Miyuki’s grandfather tells her that not every flower blooms at the same time, but she runs around, quickly, quickly, looking for water to wake the flower up. ‘Sometimes, Miyuki, sometimes it is not necessary to run, don’t you know? You must be patient, the journey is a bit long.’
The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous and were by far and away my favorite part. The story itself has the feel of a folk tale or fable, structurally as well as the content and the lesson—patience—is spelled out very, very clearly. All in all, a beautiful book, but not one I would want to return to again and again.