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Sunflower Sal (Prairie Paperback Books) Paperback – March 1, 1999
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4?Sal, a strapping farm girl, thinks it is her size that makes her unable to sew a quilt like her grandmother, but Gran finally convinces her: "It's just that your talent isn't sewing." Sal eventually finds her own ability as she discovers the pleasure of growing sunflowers; by the end of the story, she has made a living quilt of sorts by planting them around the edges of the fields and farmyard. The boldly primitive oil on canvas illustrations are just right for Gran's quilts and Sal's blossoms. Scenes of life on the farm are presented sometimes on bordered pages, sometimes on double-page spreads. The paintings are also a little exaggerated to match the stretches of realism in the story. The text and illustrations create an appealing setting for the theme of finding one's own way to make the world more beautiful.?Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Sal desperately wants to make a quilt, but her big hands just don't seem to have the knack of doing such small, fussy work. What she is good at is raising sunflowers, hundreds and thousands of giant yellow blooms by the back door of the farmhouse, behind the garden, on either side of the lane, and all along the dusty roads. A late-summer climb to the top of Bare Hill reveals that the neat squares of fields and pasture below have been ``stitched together with sunflowers''--Sal has made her quilt. It's a lovely story from Anderson (Going Through the Gate, p. 1106) about finding one's true gifts, with sun-washed oil paintings in a palette of (what else?) gold, brown, and green. Put this next to Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (1982) and the Johnny Appleseed tales, about other characters whose horticultural labors of love transformed landscapes. (Picture book. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.