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Sidewalk Flowers
By (author): JonArno Lawson Illustrated by: Sydney Smith
9781554984312 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Reading age from 4 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / General Mar 01, 2015
$16.95 CAD
Active 8.75 x 8.75 x 0.37 in 32 pages Full color throughout Groundwood Books Ltd Groundwood Books
Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books 2015, Winner New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year 2015, Commended Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book 2015, Long-listed Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2015, Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended Horn Book Fanfare 2015, Commended 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book 2015, Commended National Post Best Books of the Year 2015, Commended Globe 100 Best Books 2015, Commended A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year 2016, Commended New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2015, Commended Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book 2015, Winner ALA Notable Children's Book 2016, Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books 2016, Commended Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2016, Winner Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book 2015, Winner Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award 2016, Winner National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration 2016, Winner CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016, Short-listed TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016, Commended Michigan Library Association Mitten Award 2016, Winner Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2016, Short-listed IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2017, Commended

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.

JonArno Lawson’s internationally acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, among many other accolades. He is a four-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. JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

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.

A poignant, wordless storyline . . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly. - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament. - Publishers Weekly, 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

Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity and wonder. - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

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

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


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