Emma’s Sunflower


Emma’s Sunflower

by Phillipa Warden

illustrated by Grace Ward

Emma’s Sunflower is a sweet picture book story about nature’s wonders and personal patience. Emma witnesses the drama and beauty of life in her own backyard. The friendly goldfinches enjoy the sunflower seeds she put out for them in her bird feeder. But a nasty crow bullies the little birds and they are forced to wait on the telephone wire. The crow grows fat no matter how often Emma scares it away.  

The year progresses. Emma waits for the birds to return. The sunflower seeds grow into tall sunflowers with happy ladybirds (ladybugs) creating smiley faces in the center, just in time for Emma’s birthday. The birds are back. 

The delightful illustrations lend a bird’s-eye view and child’s perspective. I appreciated the dyslectic font with heavy bottom lettering that facilitates eye tracking and letter discrimination for dyslectic and early readers. Ms. Warden included activities for children to supplement the story experience.

Emma’s Sunflower is followed by Ms. Warden’s debut picture book, Rupert’s Snowman. Both books are a joyful read for children of all ages. 

Emma’s Sunflower is a wonderful summer read for the whole family. The book launches into the world on May 24th!

You can check out Phillipa Warden’s books and fun activities at https://www.phillipawardenbooks.com

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The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
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Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

10 thoughts

  1. Hi, Antoinette – Thank you for joining us at #WOYBS. Emma’s Sunflower sounds like a delightful book. I especially like it’s use of dyslectic font with heavy bottom lettering. Thank you for sharing this with us! I hope that all is well for you.


  2. I did find that of great interest, and I am a retired K-6 teacher who has not heard of dyslectic font before but I sure like anything that encourages a reader of any age to keep tracking on words and symbols. I just saw your link to your cancer book. I hope you are doing well. Warm wishes Denyse.

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    1. I have work with children and found the dyslectic fonts very helpful. It;s good to see them inching into the mainstream. I am well, thank you. I continue to not let MBC slow me down.


  3. What a lovely read. That’s the first time I’ve heard of dyslexic font – what a great learning initiative. My daughter is a paediatric occupational therapist so I must ask if she’s heard of it. Thanks for linking up.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this delightful book Antoinette, I’d not head of a dyslexic font before either, but anything with sunflowers takes my interest! Great to have you linking up with us for #WOYBS 🙂

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      1. I have sent the details of the book onto my daughter in England as she has just planted sunflowers with Dottie (who turns 3 in August) as it might be a perfect one to read with her. Thanks again!

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