The Nonfictional Little Flower
Florita Lenise Bell (Age 9) – The original “Little Flower”
(Artist, Frederick G. Ford, PhD., Acrylic on Canvas 1993)
Little Flower was inspired by real life experiences of its Creative Director, Florita Bell Griffin, PhD., and shared in her book, The Little Flower Vignettes-Story Behind The Story (2014), Foreword by Major General (Retired) Barrye L. Price, PhD. Listen to the book’s Foreword, which is narrated by Ebony Griffin below.
The Little Flower Vignettes book cover photo is of a three (3) year old Florita Bell with her father the Reverend Asa L. Bell, Sr. In Spanish, the name Florita means “Little Flower,” and that is how the project came to be. Little Flower and Rev. Bell are key characters in the Little Flower Novelettes.
The Fictional Little Flower®
The Little Flower Literacy Project
The Many Faces of Little Flower
Florita Bell Griffin’s International Cultural Art Project aka The Little Flower® Literacy Project, and Little Flower® Educational and Entertainment brand were inspired by childhood stories of Creative Director Dr. Florita Bell Griffin, whose name in Spanish means Little Flower. Little Flower® is an innovative storytelling initiative that uses art and artistic media as a stimulus to promote literacy using multi-cultural literature.
“The Little Flower Vignettes – Story Behind The Story” book written by Griffin, shares the non-fictional back-story that inspired the creation of The Little Flower Novelettes (historical fiction story books for children). The vignettes book, however is not a children’s book, but is offered as an introduction of the real life Little Flower to parents, teachers, clergy and general adult audiences.
The Little Flower® Literacy Project, which began in August 2013, is privately funded. Project components re-present collaboration with Artists, Designers, Writers, Journalist, Editors, Musicians, Attorneys, Consultants, Manufacturers, and Other Professionals from Nine (9) states within the U.S.A., and Eleven (11) countries including: Canada, China, France, Jamaica, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Dr. Griffin is the 2016 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, which is an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association and sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers. The award was given in recognition of her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in promoting literacy and African American literature through the creation of the Little Flower® literacy project. The Little Flower® project works to improve youth literacy, self-esteem and imagination through the use of art, artistic media and African American literature (storytelling).
The Little Flower Novelettes are in the Children of The World Storybook and Educational Series. Titles include: “Where Little Flower Got Her Power,” How Little Flower Got Her Power And Almost Lost It,” and Little Flower Conquers The World…Almost.”
Listen to “Where Little Flower Got Her Power – A Little Flower Novelette – Book One, Chapter One