Daisy’s Perfect Word

Daisy’s example of giving a special word as a gift is inspiring others to do the same!

Here is a note I recently received from a reader.

Give someone wonderful the gift of a word and send me your story, too!

Hi Sandra,

I have to share with you an amazing experience that happened today which was inspired by your book, Daisy’s Perfect Word.

My boss, a biotech executive who is adored by all, resigned after 12 successful years at our company.  Your book inspired Jessie, my 9 year old daughter, and I to search for the perfect word to give him as a going away present.  We needed the perfect word to celebrate his accomplishments, thank him for his leadership, and wish him well on his exciting future endeavor – he is leaving to start a new biotech company.

We had a going away party for him today and, of all the gifts he received, the one that touched him the most was the gift of our word.  The word we gave him was “possibilities”.  He shared this story with the 120 people who attended the party and it brought tears to everyone’s eyes.

Thank you for teaching us the value and power of words!

Best wishes,



“Daisy loves words. She collects them like squirrels collect nuts, ever eager to store her selections in her green notebook with purple polka dots . . . Daisy’s irrepressible but realistic enthusiasm for life is charming and irresistible. Her story is a perfect next step for children who have outgrown Jane O’ Connor’s “Fancy Nancy” books but aren’t quite ready for Andrew Clements’s Frindle.”

– School Library Journal



Daisy likes picking lemons on sunny days, playing kickball and making long dandelion chains. But more than any of these things, she absolutely loves words. She even compiles lists of her favorites in a green notebook covered with purple polka dots! When Daisy’s beloved teacher Miss Goldner makes a big announcement, Daisy decides to give Miss Goldner a wonderfully original gift. It is a gift so special that only Daisy — after much searching — could possibly find it.

More Praise for Daisy’s Perfect Word

“Every so often, when I am reading a book, I encounter the perfect sentence or collection of words. Perhaps a description of a place, thing, or person is so vivid that I can see in my mind’s eye what the author is talking about, or perhaps an emotion comes through so clearly that I almost resonate with it.

Today’s picture book is about a little girl who loves and collects words. She is a the kind of person I would enjoy spending some time with.”
– Through The Looking Glass

Daisy’s Perfect Word highlights a subject that is relevant to every kid. Daisy loves words, and every child out there, whether consciously or not, is busy soaking up new words on a daily basis . . . For Daisy, words are like treasures to be cherished and collected.”
– Melissa G., sweetonbooks.com

“This delightful book not only takes us into the everyday adventures of a wonderful character, but it also explores the ways in which words affect us, and sometimes seem to take on a life of their own. Through Daisy, young readers will discover that words are not just inanimate things sitting on a page, they have the power to make people happy or sad. They can inspire and excite people, and they are full of possibilities.”
– Through the Looking Glass

“DAISY’S PERFECT WORD is probably the most adorable children’s book I’ve read in the last few years. And as much as I liked it now, I know I would have absolutely ADORED this book if I had read it when I were young enough to be the intended audience.”
– GoodReads Review

“The words on the pages flow just as smoothly as you would expect in a book that focuses on language. Each one feels as though it were carefully chosen and the author does not “talk down” to the reader. The black and white illustrations scattered throughout the pages add a light, whimsical element. Like the words she loves, Daisy’s story may sound simple, but it is filled with meaning.

For Daisy, words offer her comfort, freedom and stability. She reminds us not to underestimate the importance of words for all the kids in our lives. As children seek their independence and their identities, being in charge of their words is a good place to start. Words can empower them, challenge them, and give them opportunities to make good choices.”
—Melissa G., sweetonbooks.com

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