The Little Flower Doll is a meticulously crafted collectible, exuding both exquisite quality and meaningful symbolism. Designed for both play and display, this remarkable doll holds a significant place in history. Her red cloth body, as well as her red dress, has been colored to honor the blood shed during the Civil Rights Movement, providing a poignant reminder of the struggles and triumphs of that era.

With her huggable red cloth body, the Little Flower Doll offers a comforting presence that invites warm embraces. Her enchanting brown eyes possess the remarkable ability to open and close, complemented by lighter-colored eyelids that add a touch of charm and realism. Styled with semi-curled black hair, which can be effortlessly fashioned into various delightful hairstyles, she embodies a sense of playful elegance.

The doll features a movable head and limbs, allowing for a range of delightful poses and imaginative play. Crafted from phthalate-free smooth vinyl, her limbs not only ensure safety but also bear a captivating brown skin tone, adding to her unique beauty and authenticity. Adorning the back of her neck, just below the hairline, you will discover the distinctive “Little Flower” signature, serving as a testament to the doll’s genuine nature and charm.

In terms of size and dimensions, the 18 inch Little Flower Doll aligns with the body class of the renowned American Girl Doll. This means that she can wear clothes of the same size and style as the beloved American Girl Dolls, expanding the options for dressing her in fashionable ensembles. As you engage in play or proudly display this collectible doll, her presence serves as a reminder of the historical significance and the enduring spirit of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.


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The Little Flower Doll® was inspired by the acrylic on canvas painting (1993) of Florita Lenise Bell, age 9. (below) by artist Frederick G. Ford, Ph.D. 

The painting was a doctoral graduation gift to Florita from Fred.

The original photograph, taken in North Carolina, was juxtaposed against a 1960’s Texas backdrop by the artist.





The Little Flower brand is a part of ARC’s vision to create multi-cultural edutainment franchises based on the company’s Commissioned Children of the World Art Doll Collection.

Little Flower, also known as the Little Flower Literacy Project, is the first of the Children of the World Art Doll character stories to be developed. The Little Flower® brand was launched in 2015.

When ARC commissioned Jack Johnston, an internationally renowned art doll master sculptor from Utah, to create the Children of the World Art Doll Series in 2013, he succeeded admirably. From polymer clay, Mr. Johnston meticulously hand-sculpted:

  • Mayu of Japan; 
  • Binafrikeus of Tanzania;
  • Linnealis of Sweden;
  • Tolafara of Cambodia;
  • Fidelarica of Puerto Rico; and 
  • Little Flower of the United States. 

The six eighteen-inch one-of-a-kind art doll images, strolling below the Little Flower Art Doll, represent a unique catalog of future projects as ARC continues to work toward its edutainment goal.

Jack Johnston, Master Sculptor

Children of the World Art Dolls

Little Flower Art Doll

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Little Flower, the talented 10-year-old artist, radiates in her vibrant red dress, adorned with a large yellow flower in her hair. Her drawings possess a mesmerizing quality, coming to life with distinctiveness and allure. Being truly unique herself, Little Flower embraces her individuality and assumes the responsibility of defending others who share their own exceptional qualities. This dedication led her to establish the “Different Deserves Special Club” at her school, where she advocates for the rights of those who stand out. However, her unwavering passion for defending others sometimes lands her in trouble.

Ever since she was young, Little Flower discovered her passion for painting flowers when her mother gifted her a book that delved into the meanings behind these floral creations. Each flower she painted held personal significance, reflecting important events in her own life. The inspiration for her artistic identity and her affinity for flowers can be attributed, in part, to the renowned Victorian artist Kate Greenaway and her captivating 19th-century picture book, “The Language of Flowers.” Greenaway’s enchanting artwork beautifully captured everyday moments from the Regency era, accompanied by Victorian interpretations of over 200 plant species.

The enchanting tale of Little Flower unfolds within the pages of “The Different Deserves Special Club,” a 250-page chapter book accompanied by animated drawing videos. This narrative masterfully weaves together various themes, encompassing science, mathematics, the tumultuous Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the significance of diversity, and the detrimental impact of bullying.

Throughout the story, each flower holds symbolic meaning, showcased in three captivating videos from the book: the Almond Flower representing hope, the Black Poplar Flower symbolizing courage, and the Mugwort Flower signifying happiness. These flower interpretations, influenced by Greenaway’s artistic legacy, seamlessly intertwine with Little Flower’s personal experiences, adding depth and resonance to her journey. 

As Little Flower grows up amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, she grapples with the lack of understanding from adults who struggle to explain its complexities in a manner suitable for a 10-year-old. Undeterred, she interprets the movement through her youthful perspective, driven by pure intentions to effect positive change. However, her passionate endeavors often lead her into significant trouble. As she matures and gains a deeper understanding of the world around her, Little Flower evolves, learning to implement her ideas in more effective and nuanced ways.


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  1. The Different Deserves Special Club Book:

The Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club book is a remarkable compilation that delves into the cultural and historical experiences of a young girl growing up in the segregated South during the challenging era of the Civil Rights Movement. Through the eyes of the courageous protagonist, Little Flower, readers embark on a journey through her life, witnessing her encounters with inequity and her leadership in the fight for change. This engaging narrative explores themes of equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion from a real-world perspective, offering valuable insights for readers of all ages.

  1. The Different Deserves Special Club Reader Response Journal:

The Reader Response Journal serves as a space for readers of “The Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club” to record their thoughts, reflections, and personal perspectives. This journal encourages students to establish connections with the text, prompting them to question, analyze, relate, respond, and interpret the information presented. By utilizing the Reader Response Journal, readers gain a deeper understanding of the book’s themes and develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

  1. The Different Deserves Special Club Curriculum Development Guide:

The Curriculum Development Guide offers comprehensive support for educators, providing fully developed instructional units aligned with various educational standards. These units include lesson plans, formative and summative assessments, and instructional activities aligned with 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 plan caters to diverse learners, offering enrichment opportunities for advanced students and remediation strategies for those in need of additional support. This guide serves as a valuable resource, offering educators a wide range of practical activities, materials, assessments, and rubrics to enhance student literacy and promote rigorous, relevant, and reflective instruction.

The Little Flower Education Team:

*Richard W. Griffin, Ph.D., P.G.                    

*Florita Bell Griffin, M.U.P., Ph.D.

*Asa L. Bell, Jr.,JD., MBA, MA

*Ebony Griffin, M.S. 

*Leon Gatewood and HOLLA! Community Development Corp.                        

*Karen Tripp, JD.

*Barrye L. Price, Ph.D., Major General US Army (retd.)

*Takeda LeGrand, Ed.D., EJD                 

*Deidra Murphy Steed, M.ED., NBCT  



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Little Flower has added value to classrooms, after-school programs, sorority youth camps, church youth camps, summer camps, winter literacy camps, and after-school programs. Little Flower is suitable for any audience.



  • The Little Flower Vignettes – Story Behind The Story Buy On Amazon
  • The Different Deserves Special Club Book Buy On Amazon
  • The Different Deserves Special Club Reader Response Journal Buy On Amazon
  • The Different Deserves Special ClubCurriculum Development Guide Buy On Amazon
  • Breathe and Believe…You Can Be Anything Buy On Amazon
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  • Homeland Defense: Civil Unrest and Federal Intervention Within The United States Of America Buy On Amazon
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  • Where Little Flower Got Her Power (Portuguese) Buy On Amazon
  • Where Little Flower Got Her Power (Mandarin Chinese)  Buy On Amazon
  • Where Little Flower Got Her Power (Spanish) Buy On Amazon
  • Where Little Flower Got Her Power (French) Buy On Amazon






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