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Plant a Little Seed

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  106 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
With a little help from a watering can, bright sunlight, and a lot of patience, two friends plant seeds in their community garden and watch how they grow. Slowly, the seeds turn into sprouts, whichgrow into stems,followed by leaves andbuds! The garden will soon be teeming with life and ready for a harvest season celebration. But until then, the children water and wait and ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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Jan 24, 2016 Gundula rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children who enjoy gardening, or are interested in gardening
What a little gem Plant a Little Seed is! With a deceptively simple, poetic text and gorgeous, evocative illustrations, author/illustrator Bonnie Christensen delightfully and realistically shows the joys, the pleasures of gardening (planting seeds, waiting for the seeds to sprout, and finally, harvesting and enjoying nature's bounty). While the poetic narrative is uncomplicated enough to be enjoyed by toddlers, I believe that slightly older children (especially children interested in gardens and ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
A great story about two friends who plant and tend to vegetables in their community garden. It's a lovely friendship story and also an educational one regarding how plants grow, the different types of fruits and vegetables, etc. I think the story would be suitable for any time of year as it follows the planting-growing-harvesting cycle through the seasons and culminates with a (Thanksgiving?) feast as the children share the bounty with their family members.
Lisa Vegan
Dec 26, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids fascinated with growing things who want to garden; anyone looking for a good friendship story
Recommended to Lisa by: Gundula
I ended up loving it, once I turned to the first page. The cover illustration didn’t appeal to me for some reason, but then I turned to the title page and saw all the miniature pictures (and the inside front cover with the bunny) and fell in love with them, and then I enjoyed all the pictures, particularly of the dog, bunny, and all the plants.

I love how in the story the friends are of different sexes and different races. I really appreciate how the process of gardening is shown, the work, the
May 24, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
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I am not sure that the kids who participate in the urban gardening project in Plant a Little Seed see the land as quite as precious as those of us in overcrowded Japan do, but they do come to see both their effort and their products as precious when they raise a crop of goodies on their small plot. These two friends, along with their dog, rabbits, and moms, plant and mark seeds, then water and weed them, and after what seems to be an i
Jun 20, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Rich illustrations with a wood-cut-y feel. Close observers will be rewarded by the details in the pictures that show the passing seasons: bare branches and then green leaves, jackets & jeans and then shorts and tees. I like how the process of having a garden extends past the typical plant-a-seed-and-pick-the-fruit timeline in other books: the children are seen in on the dedication page, inside during winter, choosing their seeds; then there's the canning, freezing, preserving, and feasting a ...more
Kirstin Baker
Plant a little seed-We have a third grade garden. What do you know about how seeds grow? Invite personal connections/ engage in background knowledge. Read the dedication and ask for predictions to what the story will be about. Draw attention to the authors tools. I would like you to pay attention to how I read this piece. What did the author do to make it sound this way? Draw attention to the language/structure of the text. I chose each of these three books for a reason and I would like to see i ...more
May 03, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This author's print illustrations remind me of Ashley Wolff's and Mary Azarian's illustrative styles (and each of them also has illustrated a gardening book!). This author's text is lyrical, free verse. I especially liked her description: "Our garden sings with buzzing bees, with rustling leaves, and cawing crows, with gentle rain and whirring wings..." This book, as well as some of the other gardening selections, emphasize how much of gardening is waiting for the crops to grow.
Feb 06, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
This plant cycle tale is great for teaching Science to younger students. I love the illustrations too, reminiscent of woodcut in multiple colors.
Vanessa Mattingly
This story would be a wonderful literature accompaniment to a science lesson on how seeds grow into producing plants. Also, the book includes a fun glossary at the end of the story which explains some of the more complex concepts that the story shares.
This book depicts friendship and the process of planting a seed. The author walks the reader through the steps two friends take when trying to grow a plant. This would be a great book for children to read when learning about science.
Nov 30, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This book shows the planting life cycle in a way that lets the reader know the harvest celebrations at this time of year are the fruits of labor.
Claire Rozint
Nov 25, 2014 Claire Rozint rated it it was amazing
This book basically goes through the life cycle of plants. It is a cute book that in the end they use the food from the garden for a autumn feast.
Mar 23, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
Very nice story; no comments on the critters eating/destroying the crops? Rabbits are shown to be eating some of the produce.
Dec 14, 2013 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 544
Genre: Picture Book/Nonfiction/Rhyming
Copyright Date: May 2012

This is a Free Verse Rhyming book with some sound patterns. It was about two friends planting seeds and patiently waiting for them to grow. The colorful illustrations made the book come alive. I especially liked how real it was. Hinting at the fact some seeds do not grow and others take longer to sprout. It would be a great book for a science unit on Physics of Life. I think introducing the unit with a read aloud in
Great Books
Jul 04, 2012 Great Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: birth-4
Children plant and tend their communal garden watching and waiting, from the first joyous sighting of sprouts to mouth watering vegetables and fruits to be baked, canned and enjoyed together in autumn-- when they plan next spring's garden. Lyrical text and vibrant illustrations.
Reviewer #7
I like that this garden book takes the reader the whole way, from picking out seeds, to planting, to watering, waiting, watering, waiting, harvesting, and then a celebrating the harvest.

there's work involved, and plenty of waiting.

the woodcut illustrations have plenty of detail to delight the curious eye.

Jul 24, 2012 Rosa rated it liked it
About growing a garden seems like it would be a good spring read at first glance but the more I think about it the more I think it would be good for any time between spring and fall (it doesn't really cover winter). The illustrations remind me of stained glass windows b/c of the thick black lines. There is a brief informational section about seeds on the last page.
Josie Stewart
Aug 26, 2012 Josie Stewart rated it really liked it
Love these illustrations - remind me of etchings or woodcuts. Very inviting. Would be a great book for community or family gardening. Inside back cover includes more information about plants and gardening. This information is a good starting point for more research and thinking about gardening.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Oct 19, 2012 Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Plant a seed or two and wait and wait and wonder and wish. Gardens can be fun and they can teach valuable lessons about dreaming, tending, caring, harvest, sharing, and cycle of life. A beautiful book to introduce the excitement and wonderment of gardening to children.

Reviewed from a library copy.
Apr 23, 2013 Alice rated it liked it
This is a nice little story about planting and growing and harvest! This would work great for our summer reading program gardening segment. The simple rhymes are good, the pictures are okay, I don't love them but I don't dislike them either.
Aug 07, 2014 Sam rated it liked it
Cute story about planting and growing a garden and everything that that entails.
Aug 11, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I need this book for our plant unit. Christensen's woodcut illustrations are earthy and perfect for this topic. This book is an obvious match with AND THEN IT'S SPRING.
Sharon Lawler
Two friends take our hand and through rhyming text and vivid illustrations, guide us process of nurturing a seed until it is ready for harvest.
May 18, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
Straightforward story about growing things. I've read this topic before and there is nothing new here, although the illustrations are lovely.
May 03, 2012 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Teaches children about the work and wonder of planting a community garden.

The very colorful illustrations resemble stained glass.
Heather Jo
May 06, 2013 Heather Jo rated it really liked it
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Aug 02, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Tells the story of growing things.

Love the waiting and dreaming and the harvest feast that follows.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 16, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A beautifully illustrated celebration of community gardening. Wendell Berry would approve.
Lynda Shoup
The curricular uses for this book make it a great purchase for the elementary library.
Marta Boksenbaum
Mar 12, 2013 Marta Boksenbaum rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Good illustrations, but boring. However, it might appeal to preschoolers, I'm not sure.
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