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Hana in the Time of the Tulips

Hana in the Time of the Tulips
Deborah Noyes
Candlewick Press
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cloth, 32 p., $16.99

Intrigued by the notion of tulipmania in seventeenth century Holland, Deborah Noyes portrays how this frenzied market impacted family life. Written from a child’s perspective, this book enables readers to experience the unending encouragement a daughter expresses for her distraught father.

In the early 1630s, the ultimate Dutch status symbol was owning lavish tulip gardens. Those unable to have such gardens hired costly painters to depict the beauty of tulips on canvas. Great amounts of riches were incorporated into this market; houses were often mortgaged to afford such treasures.

Since tulip fever struck Holland, the Dutch were consumed with greed and desire. Hana’s father was no exception. Young Hana, an inquisitive and dedicated daughter, tries to recapture her carefree relationship with her preoccupied father through selfless acts of love.

This children’s book engaged the reader through breathtaking illustrations by Russian artist Bagram Ibatoulline. These in–depth illustrations bring to life the culture of this influential era and allow the reader to truly appreciate the beauty that was forgotten in tulipmania. Ibatoulline uses opaque watercolors to detail the lush, natural scenes. This book is appropriate for children grades 2–6.

— Katie Eichberger, Intern, Center for Teaching and Learning, Chicago Botanic Garden