Footpath Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson and Sydney Smith

Footpath FlowersIt’s usual when children first start learning to read they’ll be given sweet little wordless books so they can make up their own story. When I was teaching I loved this stage of learning. Listening to their imaginary worlds as they focus on the tiny details in the illustrations – each story always different, always relevant.

wanderingBut then as a child emerges a ‘reader of words’ these lovely worldless books seem to vanish and yet they are so enriching in a child’s life.

window shoppingI recently came across this beautiful book, Footpath Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson and Syndney Smith, which highlights so well the busyness of our technological fuelled world seen through a child’s eye as she wanders home with her father. She focuses on the beauty of the city through the tiny flowers she sees by the road side, by the pavement, on the dog’s collar and she wanders how her father can miss all of this while he’s on his telephone. Quite an adpt story for these modern days isn’t it? When we are in a work/balance turmoil. Where we’re striving for a peaceful balance.

greeting a dog

counting birds

daisiesWe love this book. I love how each of my girls tells of a different story, each time they pick up the book. Footpath Flowers will also have you thinking and make you stop and smell the roses!

Available from amazon (UK) and (US), this is a very special book indeed.

Vanessa x


Comments (1)

June 8, 2016

This is one of our favourite books, too! And a medal winner to boot. Such a sweet story.

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