A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival by Anne RenaudA Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival by Anne Renaud

A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival

byAnne Renaud

Paperback | May 5, 2014

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A Bloom of Friendship is the true story of a princess whose birth in Canada heralded a long-lasting friendship between the Netherlands and Canada.

During the Second World War, Canadian troops played a key role in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. Early in the war, when Dutch Crown Princess Juliana and her family had to flee their homeland, Ottawa provided a safe haven for them. After the family returned home at the end of the war, Juliana, who had given birth to her daughter Margriet in an Ottawa hospital, presented Canada with 100,000 tulip bulbs in a gesture of gratitude.

Every year in May, a festive floral display colours Canada's capital city in honour of this gift. An incredible sight to behold, the 18-day festival features over 300,000 tulips with an astonishing 60 varieties.

May 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Canada's Liberation of the Netherlands

A Bloom of Friendship commemorates the story of Canada and the Netherlands during the Second World War, and explains the history and origins of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Complemented by poignant stories of individual experiences and 90 archival photographs, this book vividly brings to life a troubled time in history and is an inspiring account of national (and personal) friendships and generosity.

Anne Renaud is the author of several children's book in both French and English, including Pier 21: Stories from Near and Far, Into the Myst: The Story of the Empress of Ireland and Missuk's Snow Geese. She is a regular speaker on creative writing for children in Quebec schools and has contributed works to magazines like Highlights, YE...
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Title:A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip FestivalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9 × 8 × 0.15 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:Whitecap Books Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770502157

ISBN - 13:9781770502154

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For love of country.... If you love history then you will love this book. If you live in Canada you will love it even more. This is a true story of a real-life princess who was birthed during the Second World War and because of the horrific state of her country her family was invited to reside in Canada until the war was over. Dutch Crown Princess Juliana and her family were forced to flee their homeland, and Ottawa reached out a hand of friendship to provide for them a safe sanctuary while Canadian troops played a key role in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. After her safe return home, Juliana, who had given birth to her daughter Margriet (named so appropriately after a daisy flower that was identified by her grandmother as a symbol of hope for the Dutch people and of Dutch Resistance to the Nazis), presented Canada with 100,000 tulip bulbs to thank them for their love and hospitality. However, one problem did arise around the birth of her daughter. Since the new prince or princess could one day become the monarch of the Netherlands, many considered it necessary that the baby be Dutch-born. But clearly Princess Juliana could not travel back to her war-torn country to give birth. Fortunately, a solution was found. Before the baby was born, the Canadian government prepared a document declaring the place of birth as "extraterritorial" (outside of Canadian territory), which meant that the baby would be a Dutch citizen, although born in a foreign country." Oh Canada ... we are so smart. Each year in May, Canada's capital city blooms with thousands of brilliant coloured tulips and people from all around the world come to join in the celebration. This 18-day festival features over 300,000 tulips with an astonishing 60 varieties. It is a visual bond between the two countries of their shared history that comes alive each spring, each time that Ottawa blooms. The book is full of interesting historical facts, poignant stories of individual experiences, and 90 archival photographs. The author has included a Timeline, Glossary and Bibliography for more in-depth knowledge surrounding this bittersweet event in history. Being a Canadian myself, I found the book educational, informative, easy to read and to understand. It would be a perfect addition to a classroom or school library or the little history professor you may be raising right in your very own home.
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important story to share with our children “The book “Bloom of Friendship” caught my eye due to the artistically pleasing arrangement. I then read the story and realized that it had an emotional impact due to the connection my family has with World War II. I feel as Canadian’s Renaud’s book is an extremely important and captivating story to share with our children as our history has created our present day fortunate circumstances.” Cheryl Taylor Lee Early Childhood Educator
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Bloom of Friendship I received this book this morning. I find it very accurate. Pictures are fantastic. Write ups are amazing. I can recommend it as a book for children but also for adults and the price is right.
Date published: 2014-05-13

Editorial Reviews

"A captivating historical account of Canada's involvement in World War II" ~CM Magazine

"An inspiring account of international friendship."~CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens

"Renaud packs a lot of information into the 38 pages...a great supplement for students studying World War II."~Resource Links