Sister Flowers is based on Mrs. Flowers a woman in Marguerite's life that helped her to come out of her shell and learn to love language. Before this Marguerite did not speak to anyone and Marguerite's mother thought that Ms. Flowers could help. Ms. Flowers had books and was considered 'rich' in the African American community. So, when she spent time with Marguerite, it made Marguerite feel special. She learned to love language, and words, and began talking again.