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The Flower Man

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  78 reviews
This beautiful, wordless story told visually from beginning to end features a small, meek man who transforms a small town through simple moral principles. The characters' stories are woven together to create a tale that spans borders and nationalities and will refresh the human spirit with principles of compassion, honesty, integrity, and generosity. Children will also del ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Scribble Sons
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J & J
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need a Flower Man!
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every reader who can enjoy a wordless picture book, including some who don’t know that
5 5 5 5 5 full stars! This is now one of my favorite virtually wordless picture books. Do not rush through this one! It’s worth it to view everything very meticulously and that takes quite a bit of time with this book. Color is used brilliantly to help tell this story. It’s a lovely and special story that can be appreciated on so many levels. One person can make a difference, the potential for a community to grow and change for the better, oh so much. And the illustrations are just wonderful as ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Flower Man demonstrates how strong of an impact one person can make. The Flower Man moves to a dark and gloomy community and soon his good character begins to spread throughout the neighborhood. And then he is off to do the same in another dark and gloomy community.

Ludy's illustrations are brilliant. I loved the side stories that are told through the windows of the Flower Man's neighbors. I also appreciate the strategic usage of color in the illustrations.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-any-age
How can anyone not like this book? This uplifting tale shows how one person can make a big difference in lots of lives without spending a lot of money. By the end of the story, Ludy has also exemplified what it means to 'pay-it-forward.'

Obviously, the art carries the story, and the story deepens when more time is spent studying each page. I wonder if the artist shown in one of the windows is Ludy's self-portrait.

A definite keeper.
Crystal Marcos
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: wordless book lovers
Oh my, we love this virtually wordless book! The only words are the opening sentence. First thing I am doing after writing this review is seeking out other works by Mark Ludy.

I read this first by myself and then again twice more with my two year old daughter, with each read finding something charming and new. This book is fabulous! I suspect I could read it 10 times and find something I didn't see before. A beautiful tale of a sweet little old man bringing joy to a colorless town through flower
Paige Arcuri
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
1. Awards: N/A

2. Appropriate Grade Levels: Preschool- 3rd Grade

3. Summary: A colorful, old man enters a black and white town to fix up an old house. Everything and everyone the man interacts with slowly turns to color. As his gift of kindness and happiness has changed the whole town to color, it is time for him to leave and share his generosity with another group of people.

4. Review: This book encourages a child's imagination all while spreading the important message of kindness. The simple imag
What happens when someone who believes in the power of color and flowers enters a sad, colorless space? His influence grows...others take notice. He shares his love...the optimism grows. Lives are changed, people reach out instead of staying focused on their own misery.

Reading these reviews, I realize I need to take another trip thru this beautiful book to find the mouse...Squeakers is on every page. Individual stories of characters in the background grow and change as the characters come under
Peyton Cox
The Flower Man was by far my favorite book this week. This book had the most success in my opinion of using just illustrations to convey the message that one person/thing can give joy to all of those around us. The color placement and choice utilized throughout the book helped display this message, the flower man was the only person who was in color until he started giving neighbors flowers which in return spread happiness causing them to be drawn in color as well. I loved the ending where after ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Flower Man (Hardcover)
by Mark Ludy

Wordless picture book, an old man comes into a bland town. He brings light, he brings color, and he gives it away. After he comes the neighborhood not only is more colorful but more connected by the act of giving.
This is a great book to show anticipation, to show beauty and show genuine act of change by bringing your self and showing it two the world.
Angelina Justice
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I'm not usually a big fan of wordless books, but this one is amazing. There are, in fact, a few words at the very beginning of the book..."My grandpa always said, 'Everyone's got a jus' gotta find out what it is.'"

Although the story's primary protagonist is the flower man, there are multiple stories in this wordless picture book. The central message of the story is how we touch one another's lives, but there are many lives, so there are many stories.
Some guidance about how to 'read' this book with a child:

We should all be The Flower Man and bring color and inspiration to those around us!
The story is so sweet, and the Flower Man is wonderful. However, some of the people are really scary-looking, and what's with the big guy in the bathtub all the time? You may want to pre-read this if you're planning to read it with little kids. ...more
Olivia Netza

A very short story, but very cute. Definitely something that I enjoy reading with a younger child, like three or four years old –because these are the kids that will enjoy looking at the pictures and making up their own stories with the characters.
Barbara Biasiotta
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best picture book ever!
Lisa Bittle
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute story about a man who brings joy and love to others, sharing with them and bringing joy into their lives.
Kenzi Mortensen
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My kids love looking through each page and finding the new story they missed each time they do. Mark Ludy is a fantastic artist and the story he tells with this book is a powerful one.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love the idea of spreading color and light to those around us.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, favorites
Love, love, love this picture book. All illustration, no words needed, very poignant.
Meghan Molloy
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awards the book has received (if any): N/A

Appropriate grade level(s):Preschool-3rd Grade

Original 3-line summary: A man that is colorful moves into a town that is black and white. He gives a flower to a girl that starts a chain reaction of kind acts. With every interaction, the pages become more colorful.

Original 3-line review: This is a worthwhile 'read' for people of all ages. It teaches the importance of kind acts and the impact people can have on the lives of others. Through beautifully illu
I know that this is a book for every age. Into a gray village world of people and animals peeking out of their windows, high and low, but they appear angry or unhappy in some way. I believe one could look at each double-page spread for a long, long time. The detail amazes, and then the magic begins. The Flower Man arrives and moved into a house with a "for sale" sign. The first flower appears, and the first color, along with a young girl given a flower and she moves along the sidewalk, IN COLOR! ...more
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Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordless
Ultimatelly, this book is an appropriate wordless book for all elementary levels. Any level reader can benefit from a well produced wordless book.

An old man arrives at a run down, and dreary town. He finds an abandoned shack, and is determined to fix it up. As we follow the man's journey, we see everything he touches turns to color. A reader can see how much positivity and change this one little old man brings to the once black-and-white town.

This book starts out in black and white, and as the s
Have you been by a house and wondered who lived there and what they were like? What made them happy, sad, amused, or angry? I have at times, but of course I would never go up to the house and peek in the window to get a better idea. We have laws against that type of thing. In this wordless picture book though, we can legally indulge our curiosity a little. We also see how a little kindness can speak volumes. We see the Flower Man enter a neighborhood that is clearly depressed and gray. As he int ...more
Catey Steele
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed The Flower Man by Mark Ludy. This was a wordless picture book that had a beautiful message and story. It set such a great example as to how one person can change and make your life that much brighter. As a wordless picture book, the illustrations need to be extremely detailed and able to show just how the story is told if it were to have words. The illustrations in this book are so incredibly detailed I just did not know where to look at first.

With this type of book, I think the
Meghan Hunt
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is a lot to look at in this wordless picture book. Unlike some other wordless stories, this one could actually take a long time to get through if you want to spend time looking at all of the stories taking place at once. There is a main story, but the background shifts as time goes by, giving you lots of opportunities to focus on a different story each time you read it. Some wordless picture books are all about communicating a funny gag, some a sense of wonder too great for words. This one ...more
J-Lynn Van Pelt
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful wordless picture book that could be used with students throughout K-12.

It tells of a little old man who comes to a run down neighborhood. He plants a flower and starts refinishing his house and little by little the rest of the neighborhood starts to take pride in their community. By the end of the story, the neighborhoos is transformed, but not gentrified.

The pictures are cartoonish, but incredibly detailed and vivid. They start in black and white and as the town changes, th
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
"A picture is worth a thousand words" and in this beautifully illustrated book this statement couldn't be more true. Although there are no words to explain this story, none are needed. It is a simple story of how one tiny old man can positively effect the people and community he moves into.
This book is also a wonderful tool to let your child tell you a story. With a childs imagination the possibilities are endless.
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Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is just images, no words but so incredible! Each page tells a new story and everytime you read it again you pick up something new. The author, Mark Ludy, is from Colorado, if you live in the area stop by his coffee shop, Loodles, in Windsor. The coffee is great, he's always there and is happy to sign your book, have a chat, whatever, just a nice guy all around. They also have an informal book club that meets weekly and they sell books there. So, if you're a bookie or a writer, stop by ...more
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