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The Dandelion Seed

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The last dandelion seed clings to the flower until it is blown away to discover there is more to the world than it had believed.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Dawn Publications (CA) (first published 1997)
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Lana
I read this book during an R.E session at UEL and thought it was so lovely I went out and ordered it from Waterstones that afternoon!

The book tells a story of a little dandelion seed who is very happy living on a dandelion with all his family, the wind begins to blow very hard and the seed becomes afraid of the world, he does not want to let go. However, eventually the winds blow him away and off he goes flying into the unknown, the world was bigger than he had ever imagined, and along his journ
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Asma
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony and illustrated by Cris Arbo. The Dandelion seed is about a seed who is scared and does not want to let go and fly away as it is scared about what may happen. Eventually the seed lets go and then goes on a fantastic journey of growing into a beautiful flower and then the whole process starts again.

This is a great read for children in EYFS and KS1. It would be a great starting point in introducing the plant cycle to the children as it goes through the process
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Katherine Dyson
The dandelion seed is a great book to use for transition. Although it is aimed for younger children to read I think the moral of the story would be great to read to year 6 pupils who are progressing to secondary school.
This story tells a tale of a dandelion seed who does not want to let go of his mother flower, however a great gust of wind comes along and forces him to leave. He soon realises that the world is much greater than life on his dandelion and eventually lands on the ground where he st
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Lorna Bellingham
A sweet story about a dandelion seed that gets blown around in the wind. The seed feels lonely and scared sometimes but also gets to see some beautiful things in the world. The seed lands in the snow and it doesn't look like he will survive, but come spring, he grows into a whole new plant. From this story, children can see how the world may be frightening and unpleasant sometimes but there are also happy and beautiful things out there. The illustrations are very detailed and could be used in sc ...more
Laura
This is a beautifully illustrated story of the life cycle of a Dandelion seed and how it journeys through life. The story portrays an important message of independence.This story would make a great resource for a wide range of subjects for example; R.E, science, art and literacy. Cross- curricular links can be made every time this book is read. I feel that children 5-10 would all benefit from being read/ reading this book.
Bernice Gill
This book was a lovely read with a good strong moral behind it.

The pictures in this book had a wonderful classical feel to it and were very detailed and eye catching.

The story consisted of the journey of a dandelion seed. It is the last seed left on the dandelion, it is frightened to leave and hangs on for as long as it can. Ultimately outside forces, (the wind, are too much for it and eventually the seed has to leave.

The seed is frightened of the world and feels very small. Eventually it finds
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Rebecca Boliard
This beautiful story is about more than a dandelion seed. I felt this story about a dandelion seed's journey through life was about growing up. Not only does this book teach the lesson about how seeds spread and grow, but how we spread and grow. I related to this dandelion seed. My journey through life has made me feel so small in such a large world, but I am finding my purpose and my place in life. I thought this story was beautifully written and could be interpreting multiple ways. I would use ...more
Aaron Campling


The Dandelion Seed is a lovely story about growth. The story involves a dandelion seed who does not want to let go of his mother flower. One day however, a great gust of wind comes along and forces him to leave. On his journey in the wind, the dandelion seed soon realises that the world is a lovely place, and much greater than life on his dandelion. After much exploration, the dandelion seed eventually lands on the ground where he starts to produce roots and turns into a flower himself. The dand
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Stacey
The story tells the tale of the last dandelion seed, who if afraid of being left alone. When it finally is taken by the wind he realised how small he is compared to the rest of the world also how lonely it is being alone. The seed soon realised on his journey how beautiful the world is around it, and how the world looks during the changing of seasons. The book is about the journey through life and changes with ourselves perhaps. The book is aimed at 3-10 year olds but i would aim it from 4-5 upw ...more
Laura Jacobs
The lesson of overcoming challenges is metaphorically explored in The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony. The book details the journey of a dandelion, its reluctance to "let go" or change, and the beauty of when it subsequently decides to do so. A great picture book to supplement other texts on bravery and taking a leap of faith.
Maria Marshall
In the guise of explaining the life cycle of a dandelion seed, this book relays a subtle message that it is ok to let go (to move on to the next step in life), to be speed along on your journey, for all will work out. The beautifully illustrated story of a scared dandelion seed that discovers the vastness of the world.
Imrania
Oct 09, 2011 Imrania rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 6-8 year olds
I read The Dandelion seed by Joseph Anthony the illustrations in this book are truly amazing.

This book is about a seed that is separated from the flower and blown away. The seed travels through some very unfamiliar places and feels a little unsure and lonely.
The seed finally ends up in the snow and come spring time it sprouts and realises that it is in a very lovely place. The seed itself pollinates and goes through the life cycle and the when its last seed is hanging on the last words are alon
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Lana Clifton
I admit to loving dandelions. Yes, while some of my neighbors are manicuring their lawns and cursing their existence; I delight in picking them in bloom, digging up their roots, and blowing their seeds with child-like wonder. I find medicinal value in this native plant and do not want my children mistaking them for "weeds".

This book explains why. The illustrations beautifully convey their contribution to the cycle of life, and more importantly, draws connections between a plant's life cycle, to
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Barbara
Feb 07, 2009 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teacher, students and homeschooling parents learning about plants.
The book begins with one dandelion seed, clinging to the plant, afraid to let go after all the other seeds have flown away. Finally, the wind carries it away too, and we follow its travels until it falls in the winter snow. After it sprouts in the spring, we watch it grow, feed the deer, give nectar to bees and butterflies, and finally grow seeds of its own. When all the seeds but one have been carried away, the plant encourages that last seed to let go and not be afraid.

This is lovely book for
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Tracy
This book added emotion to a small dandelion seed as it embarked on a new life. My girls loved trying to find the flying dandelion seed on each page and spotting the growing dandelion plant as it grew. By humanizing the dandelion seed, my children understood better how plants worked. Great educational experience.
Eris
I feel a delightful psychedelic giddiness those rare times when I stumble across a children's story that contains such profound existential insight into the way of nature that it brings tears to my eyes... This husband and wife team not only GET IT, they have the ability to express it, quite beautifully.
Kayla
A very sweet picture book, great for a bedtime story. The imagery is beautiful in the text, and the illustrations compliment it gorgeously. I love the relationship children can infer between there own growing bodies to the journey of the little dandelion seed.
Stephanie Delvecchio
Summary:

Themes: Circle of life, seeds, the world is bigger than you, change of seasons

Uses: introduce the topic of plant life

Curricular Uses: independent reading, read-aloud

Michelle
AUBREY

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and I just love the story - a favorite for MONTHS with my daughter when she was about 18 months-2 years old.
Cheyenne Christensen
This book is different from most pictue books because it is not about humans. Personifaction is used with a dandelion seed as it makes its journey through life
Diem Dangers
I absolutely love how such a simple story can illuminate the grandeur of nature and portray such beauty about life.
Alena
This is a delightful, educational book about the life of a seed. The pictures and colors are beautiful!
Jen
BEAUTIFUL pics! The journey of a dandelion.
Sally
I love dandelions. Nice illustrations.
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