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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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published: March 2015
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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.

About the Authors
JonArno Lawson lives in Toronto. Lawson has been writing poetry for many years. He has run dozens of poetry workshops with people of all ages, and was the recipient of a Chalmer's Arts Fellowship to research lap, finger and bouncing rhymes (and games) cross-culturally. His previous Pedlar title, Black Stars in a White Night Sky, won The Lion & the Unicorn Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2007.
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Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, among many other honours, and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He is also the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, and which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize. Small in the City is the first picture book that Sydney has written as well as illustrated. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

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

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

— New York Times

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

— Booklist, 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

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

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

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

— Quill & Quire, 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 reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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