Synopsis: Emma’s Sunflower is a lovely story of how things we once thought lost can return to us in the most unexpected ways. From her garden, Emma sees how a family of Finches, one hungry Crow and some spilled seeds, can lead to a wonderful birthday surprise. Told with beautiful illustrations, your child will learn about the seasons, counting, nature and ultimately Hope, all told using a dyslexia friendly font. The author is British, so don’t forget to keep an eye out for those subtle differences in spelling and expressions with your kids. Will you follow Emma on this learning journey to see how slight mistakes can turn into one of nature’s masterpieces?
Release Date: 24th May 2022
Genres: Picture Books, Nature, Animals, Gardening, Emotions, Seasons
Thank you so much Purple Butterfly Press and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Review: This was such a visual story, it was really sweet and shows the magic in a child’s heart. Emma watched in awe at her birds that came to eat her seeds, but when they are gone she is sad.
It was such a pure sweet simple story, Little Emma had named her birds and enjoyed seeing them everyday, then as crows made things worse and weather kept them hidden away she didn’t know if she’d see her favourite birds again.
I really loved that a lot of the story was visual it was telling you the story through the illustrations, some of it obviously had writing but some were just illustrations and it worked it added to it and made it so sweet.
This is a great book for starter readers, it even had certain words stand out in different colours. It teaches of the seasons, of flowers growing, of different birds. It’s really creative and a really great book for young children.
About Author: Phillipa Warden (1971) attended the Royal College of Art and the ICE at Cambridge University studying Creative Writing. She wrote her first children’s picture book Rupert’s Snowman after her son refused to leave his snowman on the hill after a snow day. It is a fun and empathetic tale that launched in September 2020. She is currently editing her second book, for her daughter, having been playfully accused of favouritism towards Rupert. Phillipa is also the portrait artist at Tortoise Media.
About Illustrator: Grace Ward, the illustrator of Emma’s Sunflower and Rupert’s Snowman is dyslexic and she chose a font called Open Dyslexic to tell her stories. The unique shape of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping letters because they have a heavier bottom. The dyslexic reader will be able to quickly work out which part of the word is down and this aids in recognizing the correct letter.