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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

tagged: parents, imagination & play
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published: Mar 2015
ISBN:9781554988556
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.

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

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

— Publishers Weekly, 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

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

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

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