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Summary: A young seed hears a gardener talk about the wonderful flower he'll grow to be. Yet, as she describes each phase, he thinks about what he is, and doubts he could be much more. This is a parable about love, faith and beauty.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 12
Reading Level: 3.6
Age of Child: Started reading with child 2½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our toddler took to this story after just two readings. S/He liked to listen to the gardener and then look at the seed's growth in the illustrations.
Adult Reader Reaction: We were surprised by our toddler's reaction. We didn't think she'd have patience for the story (more words than your average book for 2 to 4 year old), but s/he did. It is a soothing, warm story that we liked reading as much as s/he did.
Pros: The pastoral illustrations complement the story beautifully. The narrative describes a plant's cycle (from seed to flower) in terms simple enough for a young reader to understand. The book is as billed: a book for all ages.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book with timeless value, even if you aren't sharing it with a young child. It would make a wonderful gift for an adult nature lover, too.