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The Three Sunflowers

by Janet Lucy and Colleen McCarthy-Evans

  • Publication date: November 7, 2012
  • 40 pages

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.

About the Authors

Janet Lucy, MA, is an award-winning writer and poet, and the author of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter - Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl's Coming of Age. Janet is the Director of Women's Creative Network in Santa Barbara, California, where she is a teacher, counselor/consultant, and the mother of two radiant daughters.

Colleen McCarthy-Evans is a watercolorist, writer, and award-winning inventor of board games for children and families. She's a co-founder of The Santa Barbara Charter School in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and dog, and enjoys being in and out of the garden with her two grown sons.


  • “A timely tale with an inspiring and hopeful message.”
    Inga and Jack Canfield, Bestselling Author of 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 us receive these teachings. The Three Sunflowers is a brilliant, clear, inspired work, and a treasure for young and old alike.”
    - Paula Matthew, Author of The Indigo Wizard: The Awakening Tales, Mom's Choice Award

  • “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 or 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 Hutchins, Founder of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me, 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, Head Teacher & Co-Founder of Santa Barbara Charter School

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