Time is a Flower (Hardcover)

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Time is a Flower (Hardcover)

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How do you explain “time” to a child? Well, I have trouble trying to explain it to myself, but this gorgeous book made me ponder the concept of time in its many simple iterations - not just a clock, a calendar, number... - but found in a seed, a pebble, a spider’s web, a sunset, a song. At the end, the book asks, “Is it a line? Or a circle?”  Maybe we don’t know, but that is the beauty of it. 

The illustrations are playful, and interesting, and perhaps most importantly, captivated me and my 3.5 year old equally. While it might seem like a leap for a youngster to consider the abstract nature of time, this book makes it worth the attempt. Perhaps my favorite picture book published this year. A gem.

 

— Hilary

How do you explain “time” to a child? Well, I have trouble trying to explain it to myself, but this gorgeous book made me ponder the concept of time in its many simple iterations - not just a clock, a calendar, number... - but found in a seed, a pebble, a spider’s web, a sunset, a song. At the end, the book asks, “Is it a line? Or a circle?”  Maybe we don’t know, but that is the beauty of it. 

The illustrations are playful, and interesting, and perhaps most importantly, captivated me and my 3.5 year old equally. While it might seem like a leap for a youngster to consider the abstract nature of time, this book makes it worth the attempt. Perhaps my favorite picture book published this year. A gem.

— From Hilary's Picks

A playful and poignant exploration of the nature of time through the eyes of a child from acclaimed author/illustrator Julie Morstad.

What is time? Is it the tick tick tock of a clock, numbers and words on a calendar? It's that, but so much more. Time is a seed waiting to grow, a flower blooming, a sunbeam moving across a room. Time is slow like a spider spinning her web or fast like a wave at the beach. Time is a wiggly tooth, or waiting for the school bell to ring, or reading a story . . . or three! But time is also morning for some and night for others, a fading sunset and a memory captured in a photo taken long ago.

In this magical meditation on the nature of time, Julie Morstad shines a joyful light on a difficult-to-grasp concept for young readers and reminds older readers to see the wonders of our world, including children themselves, through the lens of time.
JULIE MORSTAD is an award-winning author and illustrator. She has written the picture books Today and the Governor General's Literary Award finalist How To. Her beautiful illustrations can be found in numerous books such as It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way; Julia, Child; This Is Sadie and, most recently, Girl on a Motorcycle. In 2018 she designed a permanent stamp for Canada Post. Julie lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.
Product Details ISBN: 9780735267541
ISBN-10: 0735267545
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
Pages: 56
Language: English
A 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids (2021)
A Toronto Public Library’s “First and Best 2021” Book Pick
A Booklist Top Ten Picture Books Selection


"Thoughtful metaphors and diverse characters take viewers through the manifold dimensions of time. . . . This exuberant vehicle will expand the thinking of those just beginning to comprehend clocks and calendars." —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

"A conceptual meditation, winsome and enigmatic." —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

"A fascinating way to think about the passage of time." —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

"[You’re] in sure hands with Julie Morstad, one of the most gifted artists making picture books today." —Mac Barnett, author of The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse and the Shape Trilogy

"An exploration of the concept of time is a daunting premise for a children's book, but Morstad pulls it off with panache. Her warm, friendly renderings in pencil, marker and ink distill the book's abstract ideas . . . with ingenuity and simplicity." New York Times

"Morstad’s crisp, fine-lined illustrations convey a hushed and wondrous tone. Her spreads are uncluttered and spacious, with grayscale pencil drawings of children and colors that pop off the page." BookPage

"Time is a Flower is another elegant production from Julie Morstad’s endless imagination." Imaginary Elevators

“Morstad’s detailed images capture the movement of time from a child’s point of view, while giving readers of all ages a chance to reflect on the cycle of life.” Postmedia