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The digger and the flower
2018
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Summary

From the acclaimed author/artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment, perfect for fans of Peter Brown's The Curious Garden and Kadir Nelson's If You Plant a Seed.

Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push.

But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.

"This story contains bold graphic illustrations and a wonderful message about the environment," proclaims Brightly.com in their article "18 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018."

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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-Each day, the trucks hoist, push, and dig as they work together to build tall buildings, long roads, and big bridges. The work is the same day after day until one day Digger is inspired to make a change. Upon the discovery of a tiny and beautiful blue flower in the rubble, Digger decides to care for the flower by watering it, shielding it from wind and rain, and even singing the flower bedtime lullabies. After the flower is destroyed, Digger travels past the farthest building and far away to scatter the seeds of the tiny blue flower. His decision will change his life and the city forever. Kuefler's simply written and beautifully illustrated tale has a powerful message about the importance of the environment. The brightly colored and textured digital art displays contrast between the black and gray of the city and the blues and greens of the natural world that Digger works so hard to preserve. With one small choice, Digger plants the seeds of change. And despite the giant skyscrapers that he left behind, he makes his own lasting mark by growing lovely blue flowers. VERDICT A wonderful, inspiring tale, perfect for read-alouds. Great for all libraries.-Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Digger and two other construction vehicles, a crane and a bulldozer, work long days erecting buildings, roads, and bridges. In an empty lot, Digger discovers a small flower, which he protects and nurtures. When the other two destroy the flower to prepare the lot for construction, Digger salvages the seeds, plants them on a hilltop far from the city, and, when they grow, he cares for them as he did the original flower. The final wordless spread hints that the new flowers might multiply and migrate back toward the city. The theme recalls the works of Virginia Lee Burton think Mike Mulligan's Mary Anne meets The Little House. However, the matte illustrations are spare, somber, and ultramodern, consisting mostly of cityscapes in gritty gray and black tones. Color is reserved to accentuate the country scenes and highlight the characters. The text is short, pointed, and well suited for reading aloud. This lacks the flashy-equipment-doing-wondrous-things feature in others of this ilk, but it will find an audience with those who like vehicles with personality and heart.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2017 Booklist
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