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That's Not a Daffodil!

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A playful story that children will enjoy again and again about an inventive boy, a kindly gardener, a growing friendship, and the promise of a bulb When Tom's neighbor Mr. Yilmaz gives him a brown bulb, Tom can't believe it will flower. "That's not a daffodil!" says Tom. "Well," says the old gardener. "Let's plant it and see." Tom plays a game of imagination as the daffodi ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Allen Unwin (first published May 1st 2011)
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Sarah Mayor Cox
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this picture book about a little boy called Tom and his neighbour Mr Yilmaz. They have a charming relationship which Honey explores so fully in her gently text and muted watercolour and pastel illustrations. This would be a great book to but as a gift, and a great book to read aloud with parents or grandparents.

Tom and Mr Yilmaz plant a daffodil together and as Tom watches it grow, incredulous because he doesn't think the little bulb is a daffodil, Honey cleverly weaves the conc
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars I liked this book a whole bunch. I like the pictures and the story. I also like the tiny note in the back explaining that Mr Yilmaz from Turkey and when he moved to Australia there was no dot on his I so it was pronounced Yuhlmuz.. The Turkish alphabet is different that the English Alphabet.... you learn something new every day!
I got a amaryllis bulb at the store and it looked like an onion too, but then after a months or two the onion grew, and grew and became a beautiful Amaryllis.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book with my whole heart. The illustrations are charming, the text is delicious. This book is just like my childhood in so many ways. The skeptical kid? Check. The wise adult with the acerbically cocked eyebrow? Check. The miracle of a daffodil? Check.

This is so hopeful, so sweet, so wonderful. Go read it. Go read it to your favorite small person, then plant them a bulb & create the next generation of gardeners.

This is a book I have to own. Maybe you do too.
Clare Cannon
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
A little boy waits impatiently for a small bulb in a pot of dirt to become a daffodil, and lets his imagination discover that it is like so many other things too.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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When Tom’s neighbor gave him something that looked like an onion and said it was a daffodil, Tom was very skeptical. Mr. Yilmaz told him to plant it to find out. So they planted it in a large pot and Tom waited, and waited, and waited with nothing happening at all. When Mr. Yilmaz asked how the daffodil was doing, Tom answered that it was not a daffodil, it was a desert. So the two watered the pot. Later, Mr. Yilmaz asked again and Tom said that the small green point sticking out of the dirt was ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My son and I enjoyed this book immensely:
First the paintings (pastel?) are impeccable, engaging, and simply nice to look at.
Second, the story is well told with many themes hidden behind a ‘simple’ line:
Diversity: the Turkish elderly man and the young boy (Tom).
Imagination and creativity: The young boy plays with the daffodil being something else than a daffodil.
Friendship: over this short book (in text) kindness and friendship are shown and developed.
Overall a feel good book, enjoyable, agreeabl
Ashley D--
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
The idea of mistaking a growing daffodil for different things is a good enough concept for a picture book that teaches kids stuff, but the story lacked punch. Too much focus on educating, not enough on entertaining. Plus, I found the last page to be confusing, because it finishes with this sort of "reveal" that seems to disconnect with the plot. I guess a daffodil could look like a sort of trumpet, but why does anyone care?

Still, a good one for anyone who wants to garden with very young children
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Clever. A little boy receives a daffodil bulb from his neighbor and thinks it looks more like an onion than anything that will become a flower. As it grows, he informs his neighbor that it is still not a daffodil but, at various times, his grandpa's hair blowing in the wind or a traffic light. The excitement when the daffodil blooms jumps right off the page, and it is fine seeing the little boy use his imagination.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Age: K - 2nd grade
Season: Spring

"When Tom's neighbor Mr. Yilmaz gives him a brown bulb, Tom can't believe it will flower. "That's not a daffodil!" says Tom. "Well," says the old gardener. "Let's plant it and see." Tom plays a game of imagination as the daffodil bulb given to him by his kindly neighbor grows first into a green beak, then turns into a rocket, and finally into a trumpet of gold. A satisfying tale, playful repetition, and building anticipation" (Goodreads feature review).
When Tom and his friend Mr. Yilmaz first see it, it looks like an onion. "That's not a daffodil," Toms says, but Mr. Yilmaz convinces him to plant it and see. Later, it looks like a little green beak, a hand with five green fingers, etc., until it blooms and looks like a daffodil. Straight-forward, but nice for spring.
Stef Rozitis
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It starts off looking like an onion. This puzzling thing grows frustratingly slowly and goes through many stages. Beautifully relatable, a good book for preschool!

It gently (and non-didactically) introduces ideas about good neighbours, respect, diversity and love for the garden as well as the science and art thinking around growing a flower. Playful. Lovely!
Carrie Gelson
Oh this is a book to share and share and share. I love the creative imagery used in the child's voice as he describes what a daffodil looks like over time from bulb to flower. Can't wait to use this to inspire descriptive writing and quiet observation about the natural world.
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining story that shows the different stages of a daffodil as it grows from a bulb to a flowering plant. The narrative is short and fun to read aloud and the illustrations complement the story nicely.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awesome story about a little boy and his neighbor who helps him plant and promises a daffodil. Wish the illustrations were a tad bit brighter so I could read in storytime, but the gentle watercolors fit the text well.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Tom's neighbour gives him a brown bulb, he can't believe it will flower. That's not a daffodil, says Tom. Well, says the old gardener. Let's plant it and see.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Little Tom watches a daffodil bulb grow and his imagination fills in the pieces as he waits. Lovely little spring book and it can be paired easily with books on seeds and plants.
Spring, flowers, growing
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Cute book about friendship, imagination and transformation. I liked the blend of watercolour and pastel illustrations and the splash of ethnic diversity in Tom's neighbour, Mr Yilmaz.
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