Susan Stockdale at Malcolm X Elementary School

Susan Stockdale’s books encourage children to appreciate nature by highlighting fun and interesting patterns.  Her most recent title, Fantastic Flowers, is no different.  Two lively groups of kindergartners and first graders had a blast determining the plants, animals and people that some flowers resemble.  One of the favorites was the ice cream cone, but the little babies and laughing monkeys were a big hit, too.   Susan’s vibrant illustrations pair perfectly with her rhyming verse in this nonfiction picture book for the youngest readers.  Upon seeing the illustration of children watering their garden one kindergartner wisely explained that watering “keeps the flowers hydrated.”