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To learn more about or purchase The Three Sunflowers and the bilingual version The Three Sunflowers ~ Los Tres Girasoles from Publishing By The Seas, written by Janet Lucy (and illustrated by me), please click photo above. And lots more info and Teachers’ Guide available at

Creative Child Magazine has given The Three Sunflowers the following awards:

Seal of Excellence ~ Kids Educational Storybook and Preferred Choice ~ Kids Storybook

The Three Sunflowers tells of a turbulent day in the garden where a trio of sunflowers — the tall, wise Gloria and young Solita and Sunny — face unexpected and chaotic events they have no power to stop. Through it all, Gloria guides and reassures the youngsters and reminds them of the purpose of a sunflower’s life. After a dark night of uncertainty, the story concludes with a delightful surprise ending. This unique and inspiring book offers empowering messages of hope, courage and peace, with new perspectives for living in an unpredictable world.

Endorsements for The Three Sunflowers:

“A timely tale with an inspiring and hopeful message.” 
Inga and Jack Canfield, Bestselling Author of The Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

“Learn the lessons of life from a sunflower who possesses all the wisdom of a Zen master. Beautiful watercolor illustrations help receive these teachings. The Three Sunflowers is a brilliant, clear, inspired work, and a treasure for young and old alike.” 
Paula Matthew, Award Winning Author of The Indigo Wizard: The Awakening Tales (Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient)

“With enchanting artwork and delightful prose, The Three Sunflowers presents an enduring fable about hope and peace, straight out of the garden.”
Niki Dewart, co-author of The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

“Float into the dreaminess of the illustrations while experiencing an extraordinary day in the life of three courageous sunflowers. Great messages–well done!” 
Deborah Hutchison, Founder, Gutsy Gals Inspire Me and Author of Put It in Writing!: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends

“Expressing the love and wisdom of elders as teachers of peace, The Three Sunflowers has a depth beyond its outward sweetness. Grounded in the reassurance of the cycles of life and with a reminder to savor the present moment, this is a book to cherish and re-read, a meditation to share and generate peacefulness.” 
Nancy Black, syndicated columnist, Chicago Tribune

“As a teacher of children for more than 30 years, I have found The Three Sunflowers to be a refreshing and inspiring book introducing young readers to the life cycle of a sunflower. Descriptive language tells the tale of interrelationships within nature and ourselves. The sunflowers and other garden creatures embody universal emotions with reference to faith and a larger perspective on life. Detailed and precise watercolor paintings go well with the text. Great resource for parents and teachers!”  
Wendy Kanter, Teacher & Co-Founder/Santa Barbara Charter School

Endorsements for The Three Sunflowers ~ Los Tres Girasoles:

“In gorgeous words and illustrations, Our Lady of Guadalupe, personified as a wise sunflower, teaches the young ones how to find peace inside themselves.
Both children and adults are reminded of our purpose as human beings in this
wonderful, often challenging world: ‘We are sunflowers, golden and radiant.
Our job is to be loving and peaceful wherever we stand’.”
“En bellas palabras e ilustraciones, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, personificada como una sabia girasol, enseña a los jóvenes cómo encontrar la paz dentro de sí mismos. Tanto los niños como los adultos son recordados de nuestro propósito como seres humanos en este mundo maravilloso y a veces desafiante: ‘Somos girasoles, dorados y radiantes. Nuestro trabajo es transmitir paz y amor allí donde estemos’.”
Lorraine Mejia, Award-winning Poet, Teacher, and Author of Wild Woman at My Door

“The Three Sunflowers presents beautiful metaphors of life, through the eyes of plants, birds and all living things in a garden.”
“Los Tres Girasoles presenta metáforas de vida, en una manera hermosa y a través de los ojos de plantas, aves y todo lo que vive en un jardín.”
Jade Leyva, Artist and Founder/Coordinator: Seeds: A Collective Voice/The Community Seed Project

“A beautiful story told with deep wisdom. There is love in every word.”
“Una bella historia que se cuenta con la sabiduría. Hay amor en cada palabra.”
Grace Alvarez Sesma, Curandera/Cultural Educator

“The Three Sunflowers is the first book I read to my students every year.
It’s a favorite we return to often. Children easily identify with the characters
and learn how to find strength in difficult situations in and out of the classroom.”
“Los Tres Girasoles es el primer libro que leo a mis estudiantes cada año. Es un favorito que leemos frecuentemente. Los niños se identifican fácilmente con los personajes y aprenden como encontrar fuerza en situaciones difíciles dentro y fuera del aula.”
Michael Acton, Teacher, Santa Barbara, California

“Los Tres Girasoles is a wonderfully written children’s book about the inter-connectedness of all living things and how observing the natural world around us
with an inquisitive spirit can lead one to find deeper meaning in life.”
“Los Tres Girasoles es un libro maravillosa para ninos que se trata de las inter-conecciones entre todas cosas vivientes y como la observacion del mundo natural alrededor de nosotros con un espiritu curioso nos puede guiar a encontrar el significado mas profundo en la vida.”
Oscar Carmona, Owner-Operator at Healing Grounds Nursery
and SBCC Professor of Environmental Horticulture

“It is a joy to find a bilingual book I can share with my Chilean/American daughters.
This is an inspiring and magical tale, with beautiful watercolor illustrations.”
“Es una alegría encontrar un libro bilingüe que yo pueda compartir con mis hijas Chilenas/ Americanas. Este es un cuento inspirador y mágico, con hermosas ilustraciones de acuarela.”
Devon Espejo, Bilingual Teacher and Mother

“For children experiencing loss, grief, and adversity, this beautiful lyrical book presents important messages of hope, gratitude and joy. It is also a wonderful tool for teaching descriptive writing, personification, and alliteration at the elementary grade levels.”
“Para niños que estén pasando por la pérdida de un ser querido, sufrimientro y adversidad, este hermoso libro lírico ofrece importantes mensajes de esperanza, gratitud y alegría. Además, es una maravillosa herramienta para enseñar la escritura descriptiva, la personificación y la aliteración en los niveles de la escuela primaria.” 
Alix Seeple, Educator



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