Fantastic Flowers

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It’s hard to believe that these flowers are real—but they are!
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781561459520
  • Publication date: 03/01/2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 2-6


It’s hard to believe that these flowers are real—but they are!

With engaging rhymes and bright, bold images, award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to a wide range of unusual flowers. Can you imagine a flower that looks like a ballerina? A baboon? A napping baby? Back matter tells a little bit more about each flower (including color photographs) and describes the pollination process.


Susan Stockdale


Susan Stockdale, a former textile designer for the apparel industry is the author-illustrator of critically acclaimed picture books that celebrate nature. Her books have won a variety of awards, including the ALSC Notable Children’s Book, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12, and the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year. Susan lives in Maryland with her husband, and is a popular speaker at schools and conferences.


“Optically striking… This is a book to closely pore over…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Stockdale’s rhyming couplets are perfectly crafted. They’re as delightful to read aloud as her clean, bright acrylic paintings are to look at.” ―School Library Journal

“This lively blend of imagination and science might send children scrambling to their backyards or neighborhood parks to see what else they can spot in flowers.” ―Booklist

“[A] handsome study of ‘Fantastic flowers in all kinds of shapes’…” ―Publishers Weekly

“[Fantastic Flowers] exemplifies the best of our [nonfiction] genre… [a] glorious celebration of nature.” ―Huffington Post


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2018

Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts ―Children’s Literature Assembly/NCTE

The Original Art  ―Society of Illustrators, 2017

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Preschool Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2018-2019


Resources: Other, Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide
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F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre I
Lexile: AD240L
Themes: Environmental Science, Flowers, Nature
BISAC 1: JNF037030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants
BISAC 2: JNF051060 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Botany
BISAC 3: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems