February 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Sidewalk Flowers

JonArno Lawson. illus. by Sydney Smith. Groundwood.

K-Gr 3–On the busy streets of an urban landscape, a little girl observes and collects colorful weeds and wildflowers from cracks in the pavement. As Dad chats on his cell, the girl lingers, secretly gifting pieces of her bouquet to those in need. On wordless, graphic novel–like panels, the mostly black-and-white cityscape slowly fills with soft washes of pastel as her not-so-random acts of kindness transform her world.