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Time is a Flower

A picture book by Julie Morstad.

Julie Morstad

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. (From Tundra Books)

Time is a Flower is a finalist for the 2022 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustrated books. The winner will be announced on Nov. 16, 2022.

Julie Morstad is an artist based in Vancouver. Her other books include Today, How To and This is Sadie, written by Sara O'Leary. She won the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award for her work in Bloom, a picture book about the life of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaprelli.

From the book

A book page from Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad. (Tundra Books)

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