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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
Summary: What happens when you plant a seed? It grows into a sapling that you can share. And as you share a stem here and a root cutting there, each person you share it with grows a tree, too. It is amazing to see what can become of just one planted seed. There are lots of sight words and simple sentences in this bilingual picture book.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 1.2
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are amazing. They are beautiful and reach all readers. For example, the wooden blocks that spell "tree" also spell "arbol." While I love the sentiment, I found the story too unrealistic. there are no sprouts from a seedling that doesn't kill it; ditto snapping off a root. I also tired of the number of times a cutting got handed off to someone else.
Pros: English and Spanish text walk side by side in this beautifully illustrated story with a positive message and happy ending.
Cons: See comments above.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a story you might read once or twice. More if you are practicing your Spanish or English (ESL).
Educational Themes: Bring this story to life by grabbing a few pots and planting seeds. Involve your young readers in the kind(s) of plant they want to grow, and also have them create a list of people to whom they want to give the plants.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.