Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith is an amazing wordless story. It starts off with very little color in a graphic novel way. The child has a red jacket and the flowers found along the way have color. Other items pick up color along the way, also; they are strategically placed - a lady's flower dress, a colored bottles in a window, birds, cars, the closer they get to home, the more color there is. The child leaves flowers along the way too, in the shoe of a man asleep on a bench in the park, on a dog's collar, on a dead bird in the park, and in the mother's hair when the father and child reach home. Their yard is covered with flowers. It's unclear if the child is a boy or girl. And it doesn't matter, it's a simply, lovely walk home.
The illustrations were done in pen and ink and watercolor, with digital editing. There is so much detail and contrast because of the very little color, and because of all of the pen and ink drawing.
One reason I love this book is that no matter how many times I go back and read through it, or look through it, I still find more to find. That to me is a sign of a great picture book, when you keep finding more. When you've read it 10 times and still love it more.
I'll use this with Preschool children to Second graders.