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Author: Lawson, JonArno
Illustrator: Smith, Sydney
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Year Published: March 1 2105
ISBN: 978-1554984312
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

Sidewalk Flowers

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Winner of the 2015 Governor General’s award, Sidewalk Flowers is a lovely wordless picture book that chronicles a young girl’s walk in a city neighbourhood with her distracted father. As dad chats on his phone and runs errands in a black and white city, his daughter (the only colour in a bright red jacket), spies some dandelions growing in a crack in the sidewalk. Attracted by their yellow sunniness, she picks them. As she continues to walk beside her father, she finds more and more flowers. Each time, some colour enters into the sharply-lined world. Once she has a bouquet, she begins to share the flowers with others, a dead bird, a sleeping tramp, and finally, her mother. The closer they get to home, the more colourful the world becomes, emulating a child’s sense of joy in both the new and the familiar.

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