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Sidewalk Flowers

by Jon Arno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
Groundwood Books, 2015

This wordless story tells a poignant story of a young girl who picks flowers growing from sidewalk cracks when on a walk with her father in the city.  While the father is distracted with his own thoughts, she plucks flowers from each and every nook and cranny where there happens to be a flower.  With an armful of flowers, she begins to gift animals and people small bouquets of flowers to bring joy and cheer to their day.  Lose pen and ink sketches and spots of bright colors highlight the girl and the flowers she gathers.  Its rich visual details illustrate many side stories a youngster can point out and talk about.

I usually don’t review wordless stories, but this one had a subtle fascination and several surprises that held my interest all the way through.  This book leaves a lot of room for the child to create their own stories.

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Frederick

Frederick
by Leo Lionni
Alfred A. Knopf, 1967
Caldecott Honor Book

This book is about the quiet person who studies the environment around him/her and shares it when the time is right. It’s my personal favorite of Leo Lionni’s books.

The story is about a family of five mice who work hard all year to survive the long winter. Frederick seemingly does nothing to help, and when asked, he says he is gathering sun rays, colors, and words to share during the cold winter months. Winter comes and when food runs out, the mice ask Frederick for help and Frederick reminds them of the warm, colorful days and entertains his fellow mice. His fellow mice accept and benefit from his efforts. This is his contribution to their survival during the bleakest of winter.

This story speaks to the quiet part of a child, a part often overlooked by our American culture.

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Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present
by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
HarperCollins, 1962

A classic story of a young girl who wants to get the perfect gift for her mother, but doesn’t know what to get her.

She meets Mr. Rabbit and they quietly walk through the woods discussing what would make a perfect gift. They discuss colors and items that are those colors and how they would appeal to her mother. A quiet, lovely story that addresses a small child’s major concern. I sometimes read this book when I need a soothing read, it’s so gentle and loving.

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