Sidewalk Flowers 路边花 by JonArno Lawson
A wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her device-distracted father pays her little attention in a big city. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter in this pulsating mystery we call life - the homeless man sleeping on a park bench, the sparrow having completed its earthly hours, the neighbour’s dog and, finally, her mother’s and brothers’ hair.
In the final scene, the little girl tucks a wildflower behind her ear, in the same gesture with which her father holds his device, and looks up to the sky — a subtle, lyrical reminder that we each have a choice in what to hold to our ear and our mind’s eye: a flower or a phone.
"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.
A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness and a great reminder for parents about the importance of being there to smell the flowers.
Measurements: 22.8 x 22.4 x 0.6 cm.
Suitable for 3-6 little tots.