If You Plant a Seed

If You Plant a Seed
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Release Date
February 18, 2020
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The bestselling book about the power of one kind act from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson is now an adorable board book.

“Timeless and delectable.”—School Library Journal

If you plant a carrot seed . . . a carrot will grow.

If you plant a cabbage seed . . . cabbage will grow.

But what happens if you plant a seed of kindness . . . or selfishness?

With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.

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beautifully illustrated book with important lessons about sharing
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IF YOU PLANT A SEED is a sparsely narrated book about sharing and kindness. A rabbit and a mouse plant some seeds, and begin to eat their bounty. Some birds appear, and the rabbit learns that if you plant a seed of selfishness, it will grow (into a fight). The mouse plants a seed of kindness by sharing a tomato with the birds, and this grows into something special as the birds bring lots of seeds that become a huge garden, which they all share with many animals at the end.

What I loved: This is an artistic book, which is mostly told in images rather than words. This sparse narration makes the board book great for infants who will enjoy looking through the pictures. The book also has appeal for toddlers, who will begin to grasp the storyline and lessons within about sharing and being kind. The illustrations are really lovely, and a favorite for our little one is the page spread of the birds, where it seems like they are looking at the reader. Children who love animals will enjoy these illustrations with very realistic looking creatures within.

Final verdict: With a straight-forward lesson about sharing and kindness conveyed through lovely illustrations, IF YOU PLANT A SEED is a great pick for little ones.
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