The Rare, Tiny Flower


by Kitty O'Meara


Available March 22, 2022

The poem features a mysterious flower that looks different to each viewer, which leads to strife as everyone insists that their vision is “right.” Leaders and even botanists are unable to agree on the nature of the flower—it takes a young girl to point out that the flower is, in fact, quite multidimensional. Remarkably, she has the ability to be heard by the squabbling masses, who then see beyond their fighting and commit to connecting with one another. 

O’Meara’s thoughtful poem begins with these words:

Once, in a forest,
a bird dropped a seed.
It wasn’t a sapling,
it wasn’t a weed,
but a rare, tiny flower
that found light and grew.
To some it looked red,
to some it looked blue.

“I hope readers are reminded that there is always reason to celebrate our humanity and the gift of life on Earth.”      —Kitty O’Meara

Kitty O'Meara Kitty O’Meara lives near Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, Phillip Hagedorn, their five rescue dogs, three cats, gardens, and books. Formerly a middle school writing and literature teacher and hospital and hospice chaplain, she is currently a spiritual director and has been a lifelong writer and artist. She has been called “the poet laureate of the pandemic” based on her wildly popular, widely circulated, and hopeful poem about the Covid-19 pandemic. That poem is illustrated and presented in book form in And the People Stayed Home, her first print book, published by Tra Publishing. The Rare, Tiny Flower will be her second published print book. 

Quim Torres is an award-winning illustrator and author based in Barcelona. He has illustrated several children's books, including the recent titles Alera i Perot, How Grandpa Disappeared, Quel mari pour Jolie souris?, Contes et légendes d'Espagne, and Tant de gust senyor Calders, and he is the author of the middle grade novel Constel·lacions, forthcoming from Babulinka Books in 2021. He has studied art as healing and Gestalt psychology, and he teaches workshops in which drawing becomes a means of self-discovery.


Trade edition

Publication date: March 22, 2022

Hardcover, smyth sewn binding

Color illustrations throughout

40 Pages 

9.25 x 12 in.