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Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1

Using creative language and detailed mixed-media illustrations, this picture book introduces young readers to seeds. Two-page spreads offer a single idea aptly illustrated by busy, page-filling scenes that align perfectly with the text. Roughly the first half of the book is devoted to traditional seeds from plants and trees; it talks about their variety and how they can be transported from place to place (the spread accompanying the line Others wait to be carried to their destiny shows a cutout of a colony of ants busily hauling and storing seeds in underground tunnels). The second part introduces the concept that planting seeds can be compared to small human acts, such as giving someone a smile or, conversely, being mean or selfish. The text is straightforward and accessible: Pumpkin seeds bring pumpkins: kindness seeds bring kindness. Never preachy, the overall tone is just right and complements Lemniscates' two previous offerings on birds and trees. This will make a great read-aloud, whether for introducing spring flowers or initiating conversations about friendship. Preschool-Kindergarten. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1

Using creative language and detailed mixed-media illustrations, this picture book introduces young readers to seeds. Two-page spreads offer a single idea aptly illustrated by busy, page-filling scenes that align perfectly with the text. Roughly the first half of the book is devoted to traditional seeds from plants and trees; it talks about their variety and how they can be transported from place to place (the spread accompanying the line Others wait to be carried to their destiny shows a cutout of a colony of ants busily hauling and storing seeds in underground tunnels). The second part introduces the concept that planting seeds can be compared to small human acts, such as giving someone a smile or, conversely, being mean or selfish. The text is straightforward and accessible: Pumpkin seeds bring pumpkins: kindness seeds bring kindness. Never preachy, the overall tone is just right and complements Lemniscates' two previous offerings on birds and trees. This will make a great read-aloud, whether for introducing spring flowers or initiating conversations about friendship. Preschool-Kindergarten. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 February #1

"Seeds carry the power of life./ So they embark on amazing adventures." Mimicking its subject, this narrative goes through its own "breathtaking transformation," from a science-focused discussion of seeds—how they travel, grow, multiply, and find ways to thrive against the odds—into an intriguing philosophical exploration of seeds as a metaphor for human behavior. ("A smile is a powerful seed.// One that can bring joy and friendship.// But there are also seeds that bring anger and misunderstanding.") Crisp, colorful mixed-media illustrations keep pace with the text, showing moments such as a tiny seed germinating into a resplendent orchid and gardening children resolving their differences. Lemniscates's canny tale holds an appealing message: "Seeds can only bring what they carry./ Pumpkin seeds bring pumpkins; kindness seeds bring kindness.// You have lots of seeds, and you get to decide.../ which ones to help grow." Ages 2–5. (Mar.)

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