I saw SO many beautiful nonfiction picture books last week at NCTE. My brain is bursting (and so is my tbr shelf). I picked up an F&G of Fantastic Flowers (Peachtree, 2017), by Susan Stockdale, and I love it!
Flowers in shapes that surprise and delight.
a parrot in flight.
Sure enough, the illos of Dutchman’s breeches and a parrot flower (shown in actual photos in the nicely informative backmatter) do look exactly like that.
What a fun book to get kids thinking in comparisons and metaphors! Explorer and photographer Sebastian Copeland said, “[P]hotography has been my weapon. With images, my mission would be to help people fall in love with their world, because I feel we will not save what we do not love.” I love that quotation. And it’s true. We have to connect–to the world, to other people, to things outside of our own sphere of knowledge. Once we connect, we grow to love. Once we love, we protect. When kids look at flowers and see lips and baboons and ballerinas, I think they’ll be surprised and enchanted. And connected. That’s the first step.
Now I’m off to connect with more of Susan’s earlier books, of which I think I’ve only read one. More fun ahead, I’m sure.