Footpath Flowers

By JonArno Lawson
Illustrated by Sydney Smith

From award-winning poet JonArno Lawson comes a beautifully illustrated wordless picture book – an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

In this wordless, beautifully illustrated picture book from award-winning poet JonArno Lawson, a little girl collects wild flowers while her distracted father pays her – and their surroundings – little attention. Each flower the little girl gathers becomes a gift for a person or animal, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. An ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures, Footpath Flowers is a quiet but powerful testament to the joy that children can find in ordinary things and the mutual value of giving.

  • Sydney Smith's illustration is beautifully observed - from his characters and cityscapes to the way he builds to a crescendo of emotion with his intuitive use of colour.
  • A poetically choreographed, wordless picture book that communicates its compassionate message with enormous poignancy - and for the widest, most universal audience possible.

About the author

JonArno Lawson is a Canadian award-winning poet and writer who has published several works of verse. His collections for children include Black Stars in a White Night Sky and The Man in the Moon Fixer’s Mask, and for adults, Inklings and Love is an Observant Traveller. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter as @JonArNoMore.

About the illustrator

Sydney Smith, a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, is an award-winning Canadian illustrator who is well-known for his artwork for local musicians. He has illustrated a number of children's books including Toes in My Nose, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, and Mabel Murple. He lives in Toronto where he works in a shared studio space in Chinatown. Find him online at and on Twitter as @Sydneydraws.

ISBN: 9781406365672
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Dimensions: 225 x 225mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $14.99
New Zealand RRP: $16.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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