- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood Books (March 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554984319
- ISBN-13: 978-1554984312
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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K-Gr 3—An emotionally moving, visually delightful ode to the simple powers of observation and empathy. A young girl and her father walk home from the grocery store through busy city streets in this wordless picture book. Along the way, Dad is preoccupied—talking on his cell phone, moving with purpose, eyes forward—while his daughter, a bright spot of red in a mostly black-and-white world, gazes with curiosity at the sights around her. In graphic novel-style panels, readers see what she sees: colorful weeds and wildflowers springing up from cracks in the pavement. She begins to collect these "sidewalk flowers" as they make their way past shops, across bustling avenues, and through a city park. Halfway through their journey, the little girl surreptitiously begins giving pieces of her bouquet away: a dandelion and some daffodils to a dead bird on a pathway; a sprig of lilac to an older man sleeping on a bench; daisies in the hair of her mother and siblings. With each not-so-random act of kindness, the scenes fill with more and more color, until the pen-and-ink drawings are awash in watercolor, her world now fully alive and vibrant. With pitch-perfect visual pacing, the narrative unfolds slowly, matched by the protagonist's own leisurely appreciation of her environment. Smith expertly varies perspective, switching from bird's-eye view to tightly focused close-ups. The panel format is used exquisitely; the individual choices are purposeful, and the spaces between panels effectively move the story. VERDICT This is a book to savor slowly and then revisit again and again.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal
Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
Winner of the Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book
Winner of the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Children's Book
A New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
A Cybils Award winner, Fiction Picture Book
A USBBY Outstanding International Book
A National Post Best Book of the Year
A NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Recommended Book
A 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Book of the Year
Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2016
"I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table." New York Times
"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
"A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures." Booklist, starred review
"Sidewalk Flowers is picture-book perfection." -Shelf Awarenss, starred review
"This incredibly special wordless picture book explores the way in which accidental flowers, flowers some people even consider weeds, can bring color and brightness to a city world." Through the Looking Class Children's Book Reviews, Editor's Choice
"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
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This is a lovely book to buy for a grandchild (which I did), to "read" together and inspire conversation about all kinds of topics that touch all of us in the past or present. It's a story for everyone to enjoy.