Thursday, March 24, 2022

Emma's Sunflower - a bookwrap



Emma's Sunflower

Authored by Philippa Warden

Illustrated by Grace Ward


*  Reading Age:  5-6 years

* Grade Level:  PS-1

* Length:  36 pages

* Publisher:  Purple Butterly Press

* Pub. Date:  May 24, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1955119139

*  ISBN-13:  978-1955119139

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

This is a charming book about a little girl named Emma who observes the beauty and wonderment of Mother Nature through her window. She has a bird feeder in her garden which she has packed full of sunflower seeds.  An adorable family of greenfinches happily jostle around to feed and fill up their tummies.  A mean black crow has been watching and he swoops down demanding all the seeds for himself sending the startled greenfinches flying.  Emma rushes out to shoo the intruder away but her attempt fails.  Each time the crow pecks at the feeder random seeds fall to the ground and snuggle into the soil. The greenfinches are banished by the crow but he remains at the feeder pecking away getting fatter and fatter and FATTER.  

Autumn progresses into Winter and Winter evolves into Spring.  The new season arrives with beautiful April showers and warm sunlight which causes the sunflower seeds to sprout. Fast forward to July ( Summer season ) when Emma celebrates her birthday.  On the morning of her long awaited day something catches her eye, something very special.  It's big and round and bright sunny yellow with ladybugs positioned to form a smile on it's face just for Emma. It's the best birthday present ever! Can you guess what it might be?  
Another birthday surprise is that her surprise attracts the adorable greenfinch family back to Emma's garden.
This sweet simple story with it's lovely illustrations allows the reader to experience the marvel of the four seasons and the miracle of seeds germinating, growing, and finally bursting forth into blossom.  I love the dyslexic friendly font included and the activities provided at the end of the book with a link to the author's website to access even more activities.  I  highly recommend this book.                                                                                                         



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the 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 favoritism towards Rupert.

Phillipa is also the portrait artist at Tortoise Media.

About the 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.

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Alexa said...

What a lovely review! Love this book!

Storywraps said...

You are so welcome! I loved the book too. Thank you for commenting. Have a lovely day.
- Marilyn