The Sunflower


32 pages
ISBN 0-7715-6958-0
DDC jC813'.54




Illustrations by Lindsay Grater
Reviewed by Joan Weller

Joan Weller is Head Librarian at the West Branch of the Ottawa Public


This picture book for children aged 3 to 7 is written with simple charm.
The story, narrated by a little girl, recounts her planting a sunflower
seed and tending it until it grows into a tall sunflower. While she
waters it and watches it grow, backyard birds, bees, and animals play
beside her and on the sunflower.

The simple text has a lyrical quality that suits it to being read
aloud: “The snow made a blanket and covered the seeds . . . and / the
sunflower nodded and went to sleep. / When the winter passed I waited
for the spring sunshine. / But the little seeds had waited too.” The
text is accompanied with large, colorful, appealing illustrations.

Young gardeners will enjoy this book about tending a garden, and seeing
the cycle of life come full circle as the seasons change. Elementary
teachers will find this not only pleasurable to read but useful for
nature study.


Eagan, Robynne., “The Sunflower,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 24, 2024,