Seeds of Change

Roaring Brook. Feb. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250810076.
PreS-Gr 2–While the text is a rhyming couplet about the power of seeds, a story of children creating a garden emerges from the pictures. Easy enough for early readers to decipher, this book is the epitome of the adage “show, don’t tell.” A mix of soft watercolor and bright acrylics are contrasted with the brown soil and trees. When the garden takes hold, though, the lush greens and beautiful produce become the stars. Children are shown working together to solve a problem while overcoming setbacks. While readers never learn anyone’s name or the location of the garden, the overarching themes of togetherness and community shine through.
VERDICT A beautiful book about the power of community; even its smallest members, the children, have a big impact.

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