Howdy folks. When we’re visiting other authors’ worlds, we’re typically seeing more adult fare. But children’s fantasy can be just as meaningful and carry just as much impact, if not more. That’s why today’s stop in the Otherworld is to a different kind of magical place. Read on to learn more about The Sunflower.
Felicia Sanders finds a lot of love in writing and illustrating picture books for children. They carry a message of hope and self-worth, and The Sunflower does just that. While it’s a children’s book, it still speaks to personal growth and believing in oneself. It also demonstrates that it is alright to be sad, and to always know that there are brighter days ahead. Sanders doesn’t just write these books as an afterthought, either. There’s a lot of love and passion that goes into creating them.
Have you ever felt sad? Feeling not yourself?
My name is Sunflower.
I’ll tell you a little secret just between you and me. I have a crush on the sun. I even named myself after her!
There is only one problem.
I am lost when the sun is not shining. I am miserable, sometimes even scared.
For the longest time, I kept wishing to fast forward time to the part of the day when the skies are bright and sunny.
Why does nighttime have to come?
When will the sun rise again?
But then, I found something unexpected.
Something magical that I can only see in the darkness.
Follow me as I share my story of how I find courage and hope in the midst of darkness.
It is a great story filled with a beautiful whimsical journey of the life of a sunflower to simply remind us all of the importance of self-acceptance and finding the courage to look up no matter how dark the night gets.
May you find the courage to look up and find the light during your darkest hours. You are stronger than you think and remember, it is always the darkest before dawn. The sun will rise again!
This is a great tool to open up conversations with your kids and students of how they’re dealing with their emotions especially during the pandemic as the world around them change so much. The story is written to portray how one Sunflower is using his emotions and intuition as strength and allowing himself to be his authentic self at the end.
For every Sunflower book you purchase, a seed is planted on your behalf to symbolize hope and courage to look up in partnership with a local sunflowers farm.
I love that each sold book carries a promise for new life. It’s not too often that you see something like that, and it’s a clever and heartwarming concept that kids will no doubt love as well. There’s a sunflower out there with their name on it!
This is a great book that parents can share with their kids, filled with whimsy and great messaging of optimism, faith and patience. Sanders is working on a sequel that will be here later this year. In the meantime, there’s never a better time than now to give your kids a warm reminder of hopefulness and excitement for the future. And an even better incentive to act fast? It’s being sold at a reduced price, $2.99, for the next week! Check out The Sunflower on Amazon today!