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A SEED WAS PLANTED / SEMBRE UNA SEMILLA

Author: Toulla Palazeti

Illustrator: Pamela Barcita

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press,

Material: hard cover

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, 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).

If You Liked This Book, Try: PACO AND THE GIANT CHILE PLANT / PACO Y PLANTA DE CHILE GIGANTE   TITO, THE FIREFIGHTER TITO, EL BOMBERO   A WALK WITH GRANDPA / Un paseo con abuelo

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.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Spanish, bilingual, family

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2015

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review. ');




                 

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