Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers

Book - 2015
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"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." -- Publisher Description.
Publisher: Toronto ;, Berkeley :, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,, 2015
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781554984312
Branch Call Number: je Laws
Additional Contributors: Smith, Sydney, 1980-


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Mar 25, 2020

Sidewalk Flowers is a picture book targeted toward young audiences from preschool to youth (Grades 1-3). This book would appeal to creative children that enjoy putting their own words to stories when reading with adults. It would likely have little appeal outside of this audience, as older readers, in most cases, gravitate toward text-based works.

The book is beautifully illustrated with minimal, yet meaningful, use of colour. It appears to be a moving meditation on that theme – its vibrancy increases throughout, depicting the cumulative impact of a little girl‘s actions as the story proceeds. For these reasons children should definitely read this book! A book pretty similar to this one is Healing Flowers a-z!

Dec 14, 2019

All pictures , no words . did not realize this when put a HOLD on it . Not my kind of book , much prefer books with words .

IndyPL_MaryL Sep 03, 2019

In this wordless book, a girl walks through the city with her father, collecting colorful flowers found in unlikely places. At the start of the book, the world is black and white, with the exception of the little girl's red jacket. As the story progresses, and the girl picks more flowers, then begins to give them away, more color comes to the world. A great story to remind us that the little things in life can bring great joy and color.

Aug 29, 2019

A beautiful wordless picture book about appreciating the small things in life.

Jan 17, 2019

A concept book without words. Fun to see what changes in the pictures as the book moves along.

A little girl in a red hood (not THAT little girl) takes a stroll with her father in this beautifully illustrated and wordless book. I love Sydney Smith's sumptuous ink lines and the sweet watercolor flowers growing through the cracks. Actually the book did make me think of another child in a red hood; Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Here's a flower for you.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Here is a celebration of small things, especially a small child and her world.

Dec 04, 2015

SUMMARY: In this wordless book, a little girl and her father take a walk to the market. On the way home, the girl gathers wild flowers and weeds she sees growing alongside the sidewalk. Once she has a bundle, she begins to give the flowers away to people and animals she meets along the way.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in pen and ink and watercolor. A good portion of the story is done in sepia and black and white with small splashes of color such as the girl's red coat. As she begins to give away the flowers, the pages become more colorful. There is a lot of detail to the pictures which makes you slow down to really look at what is happening in each section. The beautiful artwork gives you a sense of the community and what is happening between the people.

REVIEW: There are many things to love about this book. First is the obvious: The girl gathers flowers that others would consider weeds and gives them away in order to bring joy or comfort to others. I love the fact that the dad allows his daughter to collect these flowers as a part of their walk. He is busy on the phone a lot, but he stops and waits for the girl to pick more flowers. Then I love how the color of the pages grows as she gives the flowers away. This is a sweet story about spreading joy using the smallest of things.


BklynKalliopiM Apr 28, 2015

This wordless picture book from Groundwood Books is moving, gentle, and beautifully illustrated. A girl in a red hooded sweatshirt walks through her town with her father - and along the way finds small flowers growing out of the cracks between the sidewalk edge, and she celebrates these finds with true childlike wonder and appreciation. This new book reminds us of "the importance of small things, small people, and small gestures". A new favorite.

forbesrachel Apr 19, 2015

In this wordless, yet deeply evocative picture book, a little girl walks down a street, hand in hand with her father, picking flowers as they head home from their errands. The two pass many scenes familiar to a city, like the shop with its fascinating trinkets, and people waiting at a bus stop. India inks and grey watercolours give a sense of the normal dullness that most cities have. Yet among this are bits of colour accenting points of warmth, most notably, is the girl in her brilliantly red hood, and the flowers she comes across. It is only once this pair moves into the suburbs that colour gains in prominence. The girl does bring a little bit of the city's natural beauty with her though. As she makes her way home she gives her flowers to others including a dog, her family, and, in a respectful gesture, to a dead bird. While there is no story, nor a specific message, this book still resonates with us. It is the fact that this is a day like any other, one full of curiosity, contentment, and small kindnesses, that we connect with. This Toronto-based pair have created something truly sweet and endearing.

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