Monday, March 30

If You Plant a Seed

If You Plant a Seed
Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

My rating: ★★★★★

ISBN: 978-0062298898
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Date of publication: March 3, 2015
Age: 3 years and up

Themes: kindness, selfishness, hard work, gardening

Rabbit and mouse have been working hard in their garden, waiting for their vegetables to grow. But when harvest time comes, so do some bird friends, wanting to partake in the bounty. Will the two animals be able to share? Or will they keep their harvest to themselves?

This is a fantastic book. I love it. Love, love it. It's the epitome of what a picture book should be. See, first, it's got a simple text teaching a simple lesson: what happens when you're selfish and why you should instead choose kind. So it promotes good moral values. But second (and even more importantly), every page is a work of art. These illustrations are beautiful. And so packed with action, emotion, and story. Is it too early to be talking Caldecott? Because this will be one of my nominations, for sure. Really, you should go read/admire this book, whether or not you have children to share it with.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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