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.
A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures.
A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.
I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children.
A poignant, wordless storyline . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly.
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.
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.
Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity and wonder.