Sidewalk Flowers (Hardcover)

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By Jonarno Lawson, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
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"This is a perfect  book for a June day when a little girl and her father are walking through the city. The little girl  picks all manner of weeds and wild flowers growing out of cracks of concrete and pavement. (Her father is on his cell phone much of the time) She generously chooses recipients for these flowers as she walks along, and her choices are quite touching. The arrival home shows warm family moments and again, no one is exempt from her flower-gifts! The final pages show her placing a flower, not a phone, behind her ear as she looks at the sky. This little girl is observant, quiet, and graceful, as is this unique and lovely book, whose carefully and brilliantly drawn illustrations transcend the wordlessness, and really, words would be too loud. ~ Judy 

— Judy Bulow is our Lead Children's Books Buyer for Tattered Cover


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 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781554984312
ISBN-10: 1554984319
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
Pages: 32
Language: English