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The Dandelion Seed

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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
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jennifer Fischer
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous! I read this book with my 6 month old, 4 year old, and 12 year old and they all enjoyed it for different reasons. My 12 year old really appreciates the artwork and the message of the story. My 4 year old enjoyed the simplicity of the text and watching the journey of the dandelion seed. This is definitely a book that we will visit again in the future!
Bernice Gill
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Aaron Campling
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it


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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Imrania
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Libby In Libraryland
"Don't be afraid," whispered the dandelion. "The wind and the sun and the rain will take care of you. Let go and you will see."
Rebecca Boliard
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Lana Clifton
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 Radisavljevic
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Stacey
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Monica Ver Meer
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-614
The Dandelion Seed is a sweet story about the last seed to let go of the dandelion. It is afraid and lonely but finally blows away in the wind. It sees great places and goes on a beautiful adventure. Eventually the seeds settles, sprouts, and grows a new dandelion. The book is both uplifting and insightful. I used this story at the end of the school year with my first grade students. We talked about how going to 2nd grade was like a new adventure and it was alright to be a little afraid or feel ...more
Maria Marshall
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-picture
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.
Renate
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and children can relate to the lowly dandelion which they have probably seen everywhere. But this book elevates the dandelion seed's adventure as he leaves the plants and travels through its life cycle. The language is nice and the kids found it relaxing. At the end, we talked about some of the vocabulary.
Kallisti
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tracy
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-kids
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.
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
Jen
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening, childrens
BEAUTIFUL pics! The journey of a dandelion.
Michelle
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Breana Fitzgerald
This book has Beautiful illustrations. It teaches children about the different seasons and how spring works and seeds grow into flowers. It also shows the cycle of seeds and plants.
Sally
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love dandelions. Nice illustrations.
Diem Dangers
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love how such a simple story can illuminate the grandeur of nature and portray such beauty about life.
Stephanie Delvecchio
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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

Alena
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful, educational book about the life of a seed. The pictures and colors are beautiful!
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I was raised in Denver, Colorado, the tenth of eleven children. My family spent a great deal of time in the mountains, where exploring with my brothers and sisters nurtured an innate love for adventure and an appreciation for the natural world. I also loved music, and before graduating from high school I found m
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