The Digger and The Flower

Digger, Crane, and Dozer are busy building up the monochrome city with tall skyscrapers and bridges and wide roads. When Digger finds a lone flower, he protects it, until it’s the very last space available and then it, too, gets buildings on it. Digger finds seeds in the rubble and carries them away to where “no big truck had ever been.”

Joseph Kuefler’s stark city is in contrast with the lush green landscape where the seeds are planted, and visually, both city and landscape are pleasing. I can’t help wishing there was some place within the city for the seeds to be planted, the way Sidewalk Flowers or The Curious Garden shows city and greenery together, but this is Kuefler’s book, and it’s very good.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to The Digger and The Flower

  1. I, too, wish for that place within the city. I love the cover of the book! But the topic makes me sad.

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