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The Three Sunflowers by Janet Lucy

and illustrated by Colleen McCarthy-Evans

Recipient of two Creative Child Magazine Awards:

2013 Seal of Excellence for an Educational Storybook 
2013 Preferred Choice for a Kids Storybook


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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.


“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

COMING SOON: Los Tres Girasoles ~ A bilingual version of The Three Sunflowers 


Moon Mother, Moon Daughter ~ Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age by Janet Lucy and Terri Allison (Fair Winds Press, First Edition, 2002; Publishing by the Seas, Second Edition, 2011)

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How would it be different if mothers looked forward to their daughters’ first steps into womanhood with the same anticipation and excitement as they had for her very first steps toward walking? What if there was a whole community of women waiting to receive her into womanhood? What if there was a way for mothers and daughters to walk together?

With the moon as a guide and a symbol, Moon Mother, Moon Daughter introduces a whole new approach to the coming of age years, a time to strengthen the mother-daughter connection with the support of community, and celebrate female gifts and wisdom. Moon Mother, Moon Daughter is a practical and concrete guide rooted in ancient traditions and timeless wisdom.


“Mothers and daughters everywhere will find inspiration and joy in the pages of this wonderful book.” ~ Christiane Northrup, MD, bestselling author of the Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Janet and Terri created a menu of meaning and delight. They pass on this comforting idea: Even through adolescence, you can stay close to your daughter. Hallelujah!” ~ Jennifer Louden, bestselling author of The Women’s Comfort Book

“Moon Mother, Moon Daughter inspired, educated, called us forward and deepened our journey together. I heartily recommend this book to women of all ages, and especially for girls who are transitioning into womanhood.” Janice Cook Knight, author of the Follow Your Heart Cookbooks

“Filled with timeless wisdom and inspiring new perspectives, this is an essential book for all women.” Patricia Selbert, author of The House of Six Doors





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