Peachtree Publishers, 2017
With melodic, rhyming verse and boldly colored acrylic paintings, Fantastic Flowers celebrates 17 flowers from around the world that resemble other objects, animals and even people.
"Flowers in shapes that surprise and delight.
Upside down pants,
a parrot in flight."
Back matter provides information on the pollination process, color photos of the flowers (so children understand that they are real!) and a flower identification guide. Fantastic Flowers encourages object identification and inspires children to observe nature more closely.
Awards and Reviews
- Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
- NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
- Los Angeles Public Library Best of Children's Books
- Society of Illustrators Original Art Show
- Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award nominee
"Optically striking...A book to closely pore over." Kirkus Review
"Impressively informative, exceptionally well organized, memorably presented, and thoroughly engaging from beginning to end." Midwest Book Review
"Stockdale’s illustrations paired with clever rhymes make a perfect book to read aloud."
New York Botanical Garden
"A perfect introduction for budding gardeners to explore the blooms in the flower beds of the world."
The Traveling Gardener
"Stockdale's rhyming couplets are perfectly crafted. They're as delightful to read aloud as her clean, bright, acrylic paintings are to look at." School Library Journal
"This lively blend of imagination and science might send children scrambling to their backyards or neighborhood parks to see what else they can spot in flowers." Booklist
“A winning combination of poetic text, stunning art and informative back matter.” Washington Parent
"Sure to plant seeds of wonder for future botanists who will itch to explore the outdoors!” Politics & Prose
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