Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Sidewalk Flowers (Jon Arno Lawson)
Love the book. I'm not really sure how to share wordless books very well in a classroom setting though. Could take pictures and show it on the smart board, I suppose. It would be interesting to give copies to groups of kids and have them discuss what lessons we learn from this story and then compare it to what other groups discover. It would be interesting to do it as well with adults, actually!
I think this story is about noticing the little beautiful things that are around us as well as sharing those beauties with others along the way. At first I thought perhaps the dad was ignoring her and not noticing these things, but he has his own things he is noticing as well as people he is interacting with.
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.