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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

tagged: imagination & play, parents
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list price: $17.99
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Mar 2015
pages: 32
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.

 

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Short-listed, Andersen Prize — Best Book With No Words
  • Commended, IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads
  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Commended, ALA Notable Children's Book
  • Short-listed, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Michigan Library Association Mitten Award
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books
  • Commended, New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Winner, Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book
  • Commended, Globe 100 Best Books
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book
  • Winner, Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book
  • Commended, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, National Post Best Books of the Year
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year
  • Long-listed, Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
Editorial Reviews

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

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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

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

— New York Times

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

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

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

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

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