Peachtree Publishers, 2017
With melodic, rhyming verse and boldly colored acrylic paintings, Fantastic Flowers celebrates 17 flowers from around the world that resemble other objects, animals and even people.
"Flowers in shapes that surprise and delight.
Upside down pants,
a parrot in flight."
Back matter provides information on the pollination process, color photos of the flowers (so children understand that they are real!) and a flower identification guide. Fantastic Flowers encourages object identification and inspires children to observe nature more closely.
- NCTE 2018 Notable Children's Book
- Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2017
- Bank Street College of Education 2018 Best Children's Book of the Year
- Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017 Children's Books
- Cybils Award 2017 nominee
- Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award 2018-2019 nominee
"Optically striking...A book to closely pore over." Kirkus Review
"Impressively informative, exceptionally well organized, memorably presented, and thoroughly engaging from beginning to end." Midwest Book Review
"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
"(A) glorious celebration of nature. Her spare language in verse proves that less is more." The Huffington Post
"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 winning combination of poetic text, stunning art and informative back matter.” Washington Parent
"(A) handsome study of "Fantastic Flowers in all kinds of shapes." " Publishers Weekly
"A gorgeous example of an artists' interpretation of the real world." Baked, Boiled & Bubbly
"A perfect introduction for budding gardeners to explore the blooms in the flower beds of the world." The Traveling Gardener
"Sure to plant seeds of wonder for future botanists who will itch to explore the outdoors!” Politics & Prose
"This unique and playful look at flowers will have kids looking for patterns in all sorts of other places." 1stgradereading.net
"A feast for the eyes and the mind." The Virginian-Pilot
"Stockdale’s illustrations paired with clever rhymes make a perfect book to read aloud." New York Botanical Garden
Fantastic Flowers may be purchased from: