Sidewalk Flowers

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by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith

Groundwood Books

March 17, 2015

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.

wheel Governor General’s Award Winner

wheel New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2015

wheel Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year, 2015

wheel “A poignant, wordless storyline . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly.” — Kirkus, starred review

wheel “A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

wheel PW Best Book of 2015

wheel “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

wheel “A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures.” —Booklist, starred review

wheel “Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity, and wonder–things we can never have too much of.” —Quill & Quire, starred review

wheel ” . . . something to treasure.”–The New York Times

wheel “Sidewalk Flowers is a brave, brave book.” —Globe & Mail

wheel “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

wheel School Library Journal Best Book of 2015

wheel 2015 CYBILS finalist