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Sidewalk Flowers
by Jonarno Lawson and Sydney Smith


Overview - In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.  Read more...

 
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More About Sidewalk Flowers by Jonarno Lawson; Sydney Smith
 
 
 
Overview
In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. "Written" by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, "Sidewalk Flowers" is an ode to the importance of small things, small people, and small gestures.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781554984312
  • ISBN-10: 1554984319
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Parents
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

A girl in a hooded red coat walks through the city with her father. He leads her home in silence, leaving her to contemplate the world. She spots flowers growing out of sidewalk cracks. Closing her eyes and sniffing each one, she accumulates a handful, then decides they should be given away. Viewers don’t see what the girl does; instead, they see the results of her work. A dead sparrow on the sidewalk is left with a reverent bouquet on its chest, the gray scene around it flashing into full color. A man sleeping on a bench gets a couple, as does a dog’s collar, and when the girl arrives home, the girl’s mother and siblings receive a scattering of blossoms, too. When viewers last see the girl, she still has one flower, and she’s still walking. If not for Smith’s (Music Is for Everyone) intelligent ink-and-wash panels, his calligraphic pen line, and his delight in sun and shadow, Lawson’s (Think Again) wordless story might have been mawkish. Instead, it’s a reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)

 
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