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The Digger and the Flower
Contributor(s): Kuefler, Joseph
ISBN: 0062424335     ISBN-13: 9780062424334
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: January 2018
Annotation: When Digger discovers a flower growing in the center of the town being built, his entire perspective changes.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Earthmoving machinery; Fiction.
Flowers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2017053056
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.00" W x 0.25" (1.05 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 193448
Reading Level: 2.1   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #4)

Crane, Dozer, and Digger work together to build everything that's needed for a city: buildings, bridges, and roads. Then Digger spies a single blue flower, and he's besotted. "Hello, there," he greets it. While Crane and Dozer build on, Digger waters the flower, shields it from the wind, and sings to it. But the lot on which the blue flower stands is the last empty site in the city; in a scene that may be difficult for sensitive readers, Dozer summarily cuts the flower down. Shaken, Digger finds a way for the flower to live on. The image of the clunky piece of construction equipment tenderly caring for the fragile plant gives the story charm, and so do its strong, simple images. The red, orange, and school-bus yellow of the vehicles stand out against the black-and-white buildings, and the landscape is textured with halftone dots, like close-ups of old newspaper photos. Kuefler (Rulers of the Playground) doesn't try to make readers laugh; Digger's project is treated with a seriousness that befits a tale about the conflict between civilization and nature. Ages 4–8. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

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

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