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A Handful of Seeds

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One sad day, Grandmother died. "You cannot stay here," said the man who owned the land. "I have a family ready to move in." Young Concepcion has no choice but to move to the barrio of the nearby city. There she meets children who, in order to survive, must steal the good they eat. But Concepcion has a plan. With back-breaking work she plants a garden amid the rubble, using ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Orchard Books (NY) (first published 1993)
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Emelda
This kid's book introduces a lot of issues (poverty, police brutality, gardening, etc.) subtlety and you can talk about them in depth more as your child grows. A young girl and her grandmother are sharecroppers and when the grandmother dies, the granddaughter runs away to the city and joins a gang of abandoned children in a tent city. She convinces them to grow a garden so they don't have to steal food but the cops come, trample the garden and beat the children. In the end, the children end up r ...more
Sam Grace
I liked this book a LOT. It doesn't explain the things it shouldn't (e.g., why her parents aren't around, words like "sharecropping" and "homeless"), and it makes her situation come alive instead of seeming like a lesson.

The illustrations have a style that I have come to associate with Mexican and Central American childrens books, and that makes sense for this book, but I just didn't connect to them.

In retrospect, given how much I want this as part of my library, I am changing my rating.

Heidi-Marie
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It takes a stong well to plant vegetables in the city.
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Monica Hughes was a very popular writer for young people, and has won numerous prizes. Her books have been published in the United States, Poland, Spain, Japan, France, Scandinavia, England, and Germany. She has twice received the Canada Council Prize for Children's Literature, and was runner-up for the Guardian Award.

She is the author of Keeper of the Isis Light, an American Library Association B
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