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.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406362084
  • Published: 07 May 2015
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 225 x 225 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'This beautiful, touching book looks through the eyes of a child whose innocent delight at the world brings a sense of childlike wonder into every day life.' Inis

'Footpath Flowers is a superb wordless book; its quiet beauty, its narrative full of unassuming grace will fill its readers with a real sense of wonder and yearning for those fleeting voiceless moments of perfection.' Library Mice

'It’s a powerful reminder of the importance of appreciating our surroundings and the mutual gift of giving – two lessons which you certainly want your child to learn.' Junior

'Full of poignancy, this is a book to revisit and to cherish.' Red Reading Hub

'This is an unusual and delightful book which will give the adult and small person of five or six lots to talk about as they go through the pages.' Newbury Weekly News

'This is [a] book to look at over [and over] again – there are new discoveries every time.' The Guardian

'“…this is an anthem for kindness, for beauty in unlikely places and for the things a child seas that adults don’t.' The Sunday Times

'Footpath Flowers is a beautiful book that retains its simplicity whilst also conveying a powerful message.' Armadillo Magazine

'There is a thoughtful quality to this wordless, mostly black and white picture book, the gentle story of a little girl picking wild flowers on a walk home with her father […] There’s much to discuss around this story, which has a pleasingly reflective tone and a fine-tuned feeling that all is good in the world.' The Guardian

'Reminiscent of a black and white movie, this book shows scenes frame by frame […] This is a beautiful book with a powerful message.' Inis Reading Guide

'Footpath Flowers, cleverly and beautifully illustrated in monotones with only the occasional splashes of colour, effectively and evocatively leads the reader to explore messages and inferences from the simple story of a child’s capacity for finding joy in small things.' The School Librarian

'A wonderful wordless book about finding beauty in unlikely places if we just take the time to look. […] As the book slowly fills with colour we are reminded of what we can miss in our fast-paced lives. A visual poem to the importance of small but significant acts of kindness.' South Wales Evening Post

'“Emphasising the importance of small acts of kindness as well as seeing the beauty in the everyday, the little girl suggests how we can change the world through paying closer attention to our environment and community.”'

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