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!
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