Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sidewalk Flowers: The Value of Paying Attention

Many thanks to the wonderful service provided by Brain Pickings and curator Maria Popova.  She provides constant exposure to fascinating materials and if you are not subscribed to her website and newsletter, I highly recommend it!

She recently highlighted a lovely book entitled Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith, which just became available yesterday, March 17, 2015.


I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet, but Popova's article so intrigued me that I looked further on the internet and found this delightful book trailer on YouTube.

Though this is a wordless book about a young girl and her father which is about the value of paying attention.  The images and trailer indicate that much beauty inhabits the world around us--beauty which can bring more delight and meaning to our lives and to the lives of others, if we only notice it. This is a theme near and dear to my heart.  I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

Plus, the art (much of which can be seen in the trailer, which for some reason I cannot embed here), is delightful.

School Library Journal called it an "emotionally moving, visually delightful ode to the simply powers of observation and empathy."

Just wanted to call it to your attention!  I'd love to hear if anyone has a copy yet.

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