The fictional story, of the protagonist Little Flower, was adapted from non-fictional events taken from the author’s life, and published in the book, The Little Flower Vignettes: Story Behind The Story (2014). The book’s Foreword, which describes the breath and intention of the Little Flower® brand is printed below.
“Little Flower evoked countless images of who, what, when, where, and a greater purpose that is almost divine within me. As I read through the vignettes, I was reminded of Social Darwinism—you know the “pulling one’s self up by their bootstraps,” the resilience of the human spirit, and the final threshold that we all reach when we finally arrive at “enough,” or that point beyond our self- imposed elastic limits, which serves as the catalyst for us to commit to a new path—not out of convenience, timing, or opportunity, but out of necessity because our very life and continued existence depends on it. She’s defined: by the moment, by bullying; by not being good enough, smart enough; by race and socio and economic strata; by the environment and the social landscape; and she’s depressed, repressed, oppressed, and compressed as much by internal factors as by external circumstances.
The vignettes reminded me that there is a Little Flower in each of us. You see Little Flower in the lives and legacies of Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi Ap, Oprah Winfrey, Golda Meir, Mother Theresa, Mary McLeod Bethune, Corazon Aquino, Johnson- Sirleaf, and Rosa Parks. More importantly, you will see Little Flower in yourself. There is within each of us a desire to dream, a spirit of independence, and a quest to go against the grain, but we often lack the courage, commitment, and a level of self-sacrifice required to realize the change that we desire to see, as Gandhi posits.
As you follow Little Flower’s odyssey, you will note the requisite preparation in her formative years—as the sights, sounds, and modeling of what will become were very apparent. You will also have exposure to those times where the “audio” of Little Flower’s would-be stewards— her parents, teachers, and adult figures in authority—did not always match the “video” of their actions. Moreover, you’ll witness first-hand the metamorphosis of body, soul, and spirit as Little Flower realizes the hypocrisy of what is: in the justice system, in the educational system, in matters of race, and in the church—as she reconciles her own path and truth, which places her outside of the safety of the herd.
This is a brilliant approach to life in parable form and it serves as a phenomenal tutorial of the marathon and long-suffering that is often associated with living a purpose driven life of substance. Whereas we enjoy the optics of the result of “Little Flower,” we rarely consider the trials, setbacks, missteps, environmental challenges, and the Herculean effort that goes into yielding the final product of one’s person.
If you believe that life is a journey vice a destination, Little Flower will provide you with a veritable cornucopia of life’s true emotion as she comes of age and to enlightenment.
Enjoy the journey! Barrye L. Price, Ph.D. (Major General, U.S. Army Retired)
The Little Flower Literacy Project is an Education and Entertainment Initiative that uses storytelling and components of artistic media as a stimulus for promoting literacy, historical awareness, character development, personal identity, and performance skills, while fostering self-esteem, confidence, vision, diversity, and imagination.
The project provides a myriad of benefits and its content is applicable in multiple areas, thus offering the flexibility for use in any number of contexts including diversity and equity. These are prevalent themes in American educational institutions and other organizations that focus on youth development.
Do you want to teach your students/children/future leaders diversity and inclusion in an academic and socially engaging manner?
Do you want to stop bullying and start building young men and women?
Do you need assistance explaining current events in America in a child appropriate and inviting manner?
Do you have students who have a parent or parents, who is, are, or was incarcerated?
If you answered yes to either of the questions above, then Little Flower may be an awesome resource for you and/or your organization.
Because of Little Flower’s versatility, the content is able to be customized objective based Diversity and Inclusion trainings to meet the needs of the individual or organization.
A ten, eleven, and twelve – year – old Little Flower is growing up in the segregated south amidst the turmoil of the Civil Rights Era. Although her parents are very active in the Movement, initially, they do not explain Civil Rights to Little Flower in a way that she can understand. As a result, Little Flower’s interpretation of the phrase, “fighting for Civil Right,” is wrong, as is her response to a conflict at school. The following days of punishment give her time to figure out a better way to handle things. After receiving a book titled, “The Language of Flowers” illustrated by Kate Greenaway, from her mother, Little Flower paints flowers and compares their meanings to the characteristics of people and events in her life. While navigating the maze of her life, Little Flower recognizes inequality and leads the fight for change while dealing with ordinary, and not so ordinary, struggles faced by pre-teens. Rising to the call of her new found knowledge, Little Flower forms “The Different Deserves Special Club.”
Educational Series with Packaged Curriculum
The Little Flower story is a Cultural Art Narrative that takes place during the 1960s Civil Rights Era in North Carolina. The new three part educational series shares art-inspired instruction for upper elementary and middle grade students (5th Grade, Differentiated Grades 3 Through 7).
The series is designed to be a one-stop resource providing comprehensive instructional activities, materials, assessments, and rubrics, to educators and organizations looking to improve student literacy with: Rigor, Relevance, Relationship, and Reflection.
The series is comprised of the following three units: Chapter Book (18 Chapters) illustrated with digital and interactive media accessible via QR Reader and/or YouTube; Reader Response Journal (18 Chapters); and the Curriculum Development Guide (18 Chapters), which is comprised of 18 Lesson Plans with 3,685 minutes of Instructional Time, and 225 minutes of Summative Assessment.
Series Objectives are designed in accordance with the following English Language Development Standards: American School Counselor Association Mindsets and Behaviors For Student Success; Common Core English Language Arts Standards; Society of Health and Physical Education Health Standards; and WIDA English Language Learner Standards.
“The Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club” book, details the experiences of a ten, eleven, and twelve, year-old artist and human rights advocate named Flori Alicia Bell, who prefers to be called Little Flower. This book is an expanded, combined reprint of all three previously published Little Flower Novelettes (2015). The Different Deserves Special Club book is embedded with digital and interactive art media accessible via QR Codes.
Any attempt to explain the relevance of Little Flower® must start with the purpose for which the brand was created. Unfortunately, despite a decade of targeted prevention programs, bullying, discrimination, and prejudice, remain a destructive epidemic in the lives of our children.
Unchallenged, bullying, racism, discrimination and other bad habits become impossibly complex, with no rewind button, leaving permanent emotional scars and, too frequently, costing children their innocence or even their lives.
Little Flower has primarily identified target audiences, as: upper elementary, middle grade (5th Grade, Differentiated 3 Through 7) and adult consumers with purchasing power, each with distinct characteristics. Efforts have been tailored to address communication styles of each audience. Youth were identified as a target audience due to their ability to engage and relate with the content.
The second audience is identified as youth caretakers. They are adults and institutions (schools) with purchasing power. These individuals have some vested interest in the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of youth and teens. As a result, they are looking to cultivate the total wellbeing of youth through educational materials. Members of this group are looking for overarching benefit of not only literacy, but character and socio-emotional development. This group also finds benefit in the high interest and engagement of products but also is most apt to conduct research for comparison value and return on investment.
Little Flower® products are ideal for individuals, groups, organizations and professionals seeking to motivate, encourage and develop creativity in children, including: