Sidewalk Flowers

Jonarno Lawson (Author) Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
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Description

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.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Groundwood Books
Publish Date
March 17, 2015
Pages
32
Dimensions
9.0 X 0.5 X 8.8 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781554984312
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About the Author

JonArno Lawson is a three-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, including Enjoy It While It Hurts, Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box, and Think Again. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, and has been drawing since an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books and he has received awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepard Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown where he eats too many bahn mi sandwiches and goes to the library or Art Gallery of Ontario on his breaks.

Reviews

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books
Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
Winner of the Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book
Winner of the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Children's Book
A New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
A Cybils Award winner, Fiction Picture Book
A USBBY Outstanding International Book
A National Post Best Book of the Year
A NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Recommended Book
A 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Book of the Year
Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2016

"I'd give this book to anyone with a coffee table." -- New York Times

"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

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

"Sidewalk Flowers is picture-book perfection." -Shelf Awarenss, starred review

"This incredibly special wordless picture book explores the way in which accidental flowers, flowers some people even consider weeds, can bring color and brightness to a city world." -- Through the Looking Class Children's Book Reviews, Editor's Choice

"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