Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

Have You Ever Seen a Flower?
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? is an enchanting picture book exploring the relationship between childhood and nature. In this simple yet profound story, one child experiences a flower with all five senses--from its color to its fragrance to the entire universe it evokes--revealing how a single flower can expand one's perspective in incredible ways.

Authorial debut of award-winning illustrator Shawn Harris reminds readers to appreciate the beauty of the world.  Have You Ever Seen a Flower? is a beautiful exploration of perception, the environment, and humanity. -

Perfect read-aloud with thought-provoking questions- Ideal for nature lovers- For fans of The Little Prince, The Giving Tree, Not a Box, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Leaving a huddle of pencil-gray skyscrapers in its wake, a car holding a city's single colorful denizen heads for wide-open country and into hills covered with wildflowers. A child with long, multihued hair, a white terrier at their heels, runs into a variegated meadow awash in hues. "Have you ever seen a flower?" a voice asks, then presses further: "I mean really...// seen a flower?" The child buries their face amid the field's blooms. "Have you ever seen a flower using nothing but your nose?" The persistent questioning is matched by the visual intensity of the spreads, colored-pencil drawings bursting with energy, angular shapes in rainbow hues that are bounded by crisp-edged negative space. Attention is paid first to the senses as ways of knowing nature deeply, and then to the idea of aliveness itself. "Life is inside you," the voice says. "Now sip a drip of water..." it instructs, "Feel it slip and trickle all the way down to your roots. Do you feel yourself growing?" With assurance and passion in his solo debut, Harris (A Polar Bear in the Snow) connects readers to the stirrings of life in all its forms. Ages 3-5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)

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Review quotes

"Harris' colored-pencil illustrations are full of energy and spontaneity. His use of patterning and graphic symbology evoke Oaxacan design, yet the style is all his own. The text is equally enthusiastic. . . readers will feel themselves stretch and bloom. A visual feast teeming with life."-Kirkus Reviews
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Caldecott Medal
Honor Book 2022
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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