Plant a Little Seed
written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen
2012 (Roaring Brook Press)
Source: Orange County Public Library
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Two young friends plant seeds in a community garden. Adding water, patience, and dreams, they look for signs of growth. Finally sprouts start their upward journey. As the roots spread out, the friends weed and dream. Sunflowers grow up while radishes and carrots grow down. Fruits begin to appear on the vines as the two friends work hard to maintain the garden. Soon, they enjoy the product of their labor. Tiny tomatoes and peas from the pod scream summer as they hit the taste buds of these workers. As fall approaches, it's time to harvest the food from the garden. An array of processes,whether pickling, canning, or freezing, are used to preserve this wonderful bounty. The best thing about growing a garden is being able to share the fruits of your labor. Family and friends come to the table to enjoy the fruits and vegetables grown. It won't be too long before this cycle starts all over again with the planting of a little seed.
Our school has several garden beds in our courtyard. Excited students plant an assortment of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Plant a Little Seed perfectly captures this moment in picture book form. This is a great resource for plant units in science. You can also teach a lesson on sequence with this text. Save Plant a Little Seed for when you are in the throes of winter and dreaming of spring.