I am Richard W. Griffin, Ph.D., P.G., President of ARC Communications, LLC. of Texas, the parent company of Little Flower®. I am also a professional geoscientist and a tenured professor at Prairie View A&M University. While my days are and have been spent working with undergraduate and graduate students for over thirty years, my spare time is spent looking for novel ways to expose youth to science and technology at an early age. I became aware of this need in 1993, while administering a grant financed by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), which is now known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). My wife, who is an urban and regional scientist, and I were awarded a $184,000 grant to create, launch, and direct the SEEP (Studies in Environmental Education Program), a two-year structured but hands-on weekend program for local pre-teens. The program was a huge success, providing participants with life-changing experiences as a result of a wealth of scientific exposure. Many former SEEP students have gone on to have thriving careers in science.
ARC Communications, LLC was established in 2010 as a creative outlet for the development of educational technologies that incorporate storytelling, animation, STEAAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture, art, and math) edutainment (education and entertainment), publishing, and other artistic mediums. Over the years, we’ve assembled a diverse team that contributes the artistic talent as well as the professional and legal expertise required to bring ARC projects to life, with the ultimate goal of motivating people of all ages to learn while having fun.
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Little Flower is a 10-year-old artist whose great power is the ability to draw things that come to life. Little Flower is different and is compelled to defend others who are different. In fact, she has been known to be too ambitious in her defense of others at times, which got her into big trouble. Little Flower always wears a red dress with a large yellow flower in her hair. She began painting flowers at a young age after receiving a book about flowers and their meanings from her mother. The flowers she drew had meanings that corresponded to the important events of her young life.
The “flower” theme, as well as the idea of Little Flower as an artist, was influenced in part by Victorian artist Kate Greenaway and her 19th-century picture book “The Language of Flowers.” From a nostalgic standpoint, Greenaway drew incidents from everyday life in the Regency era. The book, The Language of Flowers, not only captures Greenaway’s beautiful artwork but also gives the Victorian meanings of more than 200 plants.
Little Flower’s story is told in “The Different Deserves Special Club,” a 250-page chapter book illustrated using animated drawing videos. The story weaves together a variety of themes, ranging from science and math and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, to why diversity is important and bullying is bad.
All of the flowers in the Little Flower narrative have symbolic meanings, as demonstrated in the three videos below from the book featuring the Almond Flower, Black Poplar Flower, and Mugwort Flower, whose meanings are hope, courage, and happiness. The flower interpretations, taken from Greenaway’s book, correspond with Little Flower’s personal experiences.
The Different Deserves Special Club Educational Series includes:
The Different Deserves Special Club Book:
The Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club book is a unique repertoire of the cultural and historical experiences of a young girl growing up in the segregated south amidst the turmoil of the Civil Rights Era. The heroine, Little Flower, finds herself navigating the maze of life recognizing inequity and leading the fight for change while dealing with the struggles of young pre-teens. Issues of equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion are explored from a real-world perspective.
The Different Deserves Special Club Reader Response Journal:
The Reader Response Journal is a repository for the collection of thoughts and perspectives of the reader of “The Little Flower Deserves Special Club.” The Reader Response Journal provides an opportunity for students to make connections to their reading of the text and urges them to question, analyze, relate, respond and interpret information in order to gain a better understanding of the text.
The Different Deserves Special Club Curriculum Development Guide:
The Curriculum Development Guide encompasses fully developed instructional English/Language Arts units of lesson plans, formative and summative assessments, and instructional activities aligned to the WIDA English Language Learner Standards, American School Counselor Association Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success, Society of Health and Physical Education Health Standards, and Common Core English Language Arts Standards. Each lesson provides educators and facilitators with practical activities to facilitate instruction aligned to the curriculum standards using The Different Deserves Special Club book. The lesson plans are differentiated to provide enrichment for advanced learners as well as remediation for students who may need additional reinforcement. The Curriculum Development Guide is designed to be a one-stop resource providing comprehensive instructional activities, materials, assessments, and rubrics for educators and organizations looking to improve student literacy with rigor, relevance, relationships, and reflections.
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The Little Flower Doll is collectible-quality with a huggable red cloth body, brown eyes that open and close with lighter colored eyelids, semi-curled black hair that can be styled, and a movable head and limbs. Her limbs are made of phthalate-free smooth vinyl and graced with a beautiful brown skin tone. The unique “Little Flower” signature is imprinted on the back of her neck just under her hairline. In the body class (height and dimensions) of the American Girl Doll, Little Flower can wear the same size and style of clothes.
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The following titles are published under the ARC Communications Imprint:
The Little Flower Artist Movie is a 2D, hand-drawn, animated short film inspired by the children’s book, “Where Little Flower Got Her Power (2015),” revised and reprinted in 2020 as “The Different Deserves Special Club.”
Ten-year-old Little Flower is an artist who loves painting flowers. Her big imagination gives her an artistic super power that can bring whatever she paints to life. After her personified flowers are painted, they talk to her. The storyline is developed around the meaning of her favorite flowers, which are associated with memorable incidents that impacted her life. Little Flower exchanges greetings with the Black Poplar, Mugwort, and Almond Flowers, whose names mean courage, happiness, and hope.
The Little Flower Artist Movie was shown in the 2018 and 2019 Kid’s First Film Festivals, which is the largest film festival in the world, as well as film festivals in New York, Green Bay, California, and New Mexico.