Maryah Greene’s heartfelt children’s book helps kids cope with loss and find joy
In a heartwarming tale of love, loss, and the healing power of nature, plant stylist and consultant Maryah Greene has unveiled her debut children’s book, Good Things.
The book, illustrated by the talented Keturah A. Bobo, follows the journey of a young boy named Malik, who discovers solace and strength through plants after losing his father.
After three years of dedication and hard work, Maryah Greene surprised her father with her very first published book proudly displayed on store shelves. The emotional moment was captured on video, showcasing her father’s evident pride and joy. Greene attributes her passion for plants and life to her father, who imparted invaluable knowledge and inspired her love for the natural world.
Good Things beautifully illustrates how Malik finds solace in nurturing plants, paying homage to his father’s memory through their shared love of nature. Through vibrant and expressive illustrations, Keturah A. Bobo brings Malik’s journey to life, capturing the emotional nuances of his experience.
Greene’s motivation to pen Good Things stems from her role as an educator and plant stylist, where she witnessed the profound impact of plants on people’s lives.
Additionally, her personal encounter with loss, particularly the passing of her grandfather, who was her guiding light in the world of plants, further fuelled her desire to create a narrative that helps children cope with grief.
The book’s underlying message not only aids children in navigating loss and grief but also highlights the importance of diversity, resilience, and compassion.
The Good Things series, to which the book belongs, endeavours to celebrate these values and instil them in young readers.
Maryah Greene’s journey from plant enthusiast to published author is a testament to the transformative power of storytelling. With Good Things, she aims to inspire children to find solace, strength, and joy in the natural world, fostering a deep connection with nature that lasts a lifetime.