Review of The Dandelion Patch by MaryAnn Diorio

Although I usually review adult fiction, I have reviewed a couple non-fiction books and Bible studies lately, so am branching out to children’s fiction today in The Dandelion Patch. MaryAnn Diorio has written a delightful book that older children can read for themselves, and is also a lovely book for a parent or grandparent to share with a younger reader. How do I know? Because I curled up on the lower bunk yesterday afternoon to read this story to my 5-year-old granddaughter Elinor, and we both loved it!

The illustrations by Doina Paraschiv are very engaging with bright colors and realistic drawings. And the story will tug at your heart as you hope for The Dandelion Patch to be saved for all generations.

Yolanda Riggins is called the Dandelion Lady since most of her foods are cooked from the dandelion patch right outside her yard, and she shares them with the children in her village–until surveyors and heavy equipment appear to tear out the dandelion patch. Yolanda emails the mayor and governor, and they both say the road has to be built.

I hope you will order this book on Amazon or from the author at to see how the problem was solved. Also found through Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple iBooks as well as through Ingram Distributors for local bookstores. And then, I hope  you will find a child you love to snuggle up with and read this story together.

MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction for both children and adults. The Dandelion Patch is her fourth book for children. She and her husband of 47 years reside in New Jersey. They are the blessed parents of two amazing daughters and five rambunctious grandchildren. You can learn more about her at


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