The Golden Glow – Benjamin Flouw

The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Journey, Nature, Kindness


Fox loves nature. There’s nothing he enjoys more than reading about and picking flowers. One evening he comes across a rare specimen in his old botany book — the golden glow, a plant from the Wellhidden family, found only in the mountains . . . a plant that has yet to be described. Fascinated, Fox decides to set off on a quest in search of the mysterious Golden Glow. He packs his knapsack, a map, a compass, a flashlight, a sleeping bag and other items for his hike. Along the way Fox observes many different kinds of trees and plants. He also encounters woodland friends who help him make it to the summit of the mountain. But when Fox eventually stumbles upon the object of his quest, he makes a surprising decision.


This picture book smells so good.

I don’t know if it’s the book itself or the warehouse, printer, paper or something (certainly not my house), but I thoroughly enjoyed smelling it.

Almost as much as I enjoyed reading it. It’s a close second.

A bit like THE GOLD LEAF, another picture book, THE GOLDEN GLOW revolves around a rare treasure of the nature.

Except, in this case, no one has seen it. Fox has heard of it in one of his books, but there was no picture included.

So what does Fox do? The adventurer and nature lover in him propels him to seek the flower. Finding it sure isn’t easy. On his path, he meets different characters, who all play a role in his quest.

Without them, he would be lost. This shows how the people in our lives shape us and help us achieve our goals.

The ending is beautiful and the golden leaf itself literally glowing. I have this sudden urge to frame this book and keep it safe for the next hundred years.

Absolutely loved it. And what pleasant illustrations!


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