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A season of sunflowers

Posted on | June 13, 2011 | 4 Comments

On Saturday I reviewed another Sunflower picture book as part of Nurture Store’s Sunflower Challenge – do head on over to read about a peaceful and mysterious book, particularly good for sons and dads but a lovely read for anyone wanting a slightly different take on sunflowers.

Our sunflowers are doing well – the tallest is now 150cm!

It’s probably too late to join in this year’s growing challenge, but it’s never to late to share a book :-) Here are all my past sunflower picture book reviews:

  • Measuring Angels by Lesley Ely and illustrated by Polly Dunbar
  • To be like the Sun by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
  • Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew

  • and you can see what we did with our sunflowers after they had finished flowering two years ago, here.

    On June 30th Cathy at Nurture Store will be hosting a Sunflower Carnival and she’s inviting everyone to link up with post of their own about sunflowers. If you’ve got a post about a sunflower book or sunflower activity it would be great if you could join us at the carnival.

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    4 Responses to “A season of sunflowers”

    1. victoria
      June 13th, 2011 @ 6:43 am

      Love what you do with your girls. Have you seen Tilda’s Seeds by Melanie Eclare. This is one of my favourite sunflower books. It is done with photos and follows the procedure, but remains a beautiful picture book because of its size and format.

    2. Zoe
      June 13th, 2011 @ 6:56 am

      Hi Victoria, no I haven’t seen Tilda’s seed – I tend to avoid books with photos for illustration as that medium doesn’t thrill me on the whole, but now you’ve suggested it I shall have to take a look! Thankyou :-)

    3. Sarah
      June 13th, 2011 @ 9:23 am

      Another beautiful book about sunflowers is by Laurence Anholt. Camille and the Sunflowers is a children’s book about Van Gogh and has the most wonderful illustrations.
      We also have a tactile version in our library for blind children at
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    4. Even in Australia
      June 17th, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

      I thought I posted this already but maybe not… please excuse if it’s a duplicate comment. Anyway, my 6yo just told me about To Be Like the Sun yesterday (she read it in K) and I thought “I have to tell Zoe about this book!” But of course, you beat me to it. :-)

      Her teacher places books on the kids’ tables each morning. Each bin of books has a different theme – animals, fairy tales, transportation… this book was in the poetry bin.

      I now have it on hold at the library so we can enjoy it together.
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