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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

tagged: imagination & play, parents
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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: March 2015
ISBN:9781554984312
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

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.

About the Authors

JonArno Lawson’s internationally acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, among many other accolades. He is a four-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry and the author of numerous books for children and adults. JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

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Sydney Smith is a NSCAD University graduate living in Toronto. Well-known for his artwork for local musicians, he is the illustrator of The Dread Crew, Mabel Murple, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, and Toes in My Nose. His cover art for Migration Songs won Saltyink.com’s “Judge a Book By Its Cover” competition.
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Contributor Notes

JonArno Lawson’s internationally acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, among many other accolades. He is a four-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry and the author of numerous books for children and adults. JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, among many other honours, and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He is also the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, and which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize. Small in the City is the first picture book that Sydney has written as well as illustrated. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Commended, IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
  • Short-listed, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Michigan Library Association Mitten Award
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration
  • Commended, ALA Notable Children's Book
  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Long-listed, Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, National Post Best Books of the Year
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books
  • Winner, Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book
  • Commended, New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year
  • Winner, Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book
  • Commended, Globe 100 Best Books
Editorial Reviews

A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures.

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

A poignant, wordless storyline . . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly.

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Affecting, efficient, moving, kind. Lawson’s done the impossible. He wrote poetry into a book without a single word, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

— A Fuse #8 Production

A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children.

— New York Times

An emotionally moving, visually delightful ode to the simple powers of observation and empathy. . . . A book to savor slowly and then revisit again and again.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity and wonder.

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

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