Three Lost Seeds: Stories of Becoming by Stephie Morton, illustrated by Nicole Wong. Tilbury House Publishers, 9780884487647, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Nonfiction picture book
What did you like about the book? This book sweetly follows three seeds (cherry, acacia, and lotus) as they are moved from their original location, then put through difficult circumstances (flood, wildfire, earthquake), and finally are given the chance to sprout and grow. The rhyming text and illustrations lighten the story from a traditional nonfiction book about seeds. The author’s note at the end adds a lot of context, both to add more information about seeds, but also to introduce the deeper theme: “this story of seeds is like the stories of refugee children who are separated from their families and forced to leave their homes. Like seeds, children thrive when given the chance.”
Anything you did not like about the book. The deeper theme of these lost seeds which then thrive being similar to children is a great one, but is hidden away in the last few sentences of the author’s note. I would have liked to see a bit more of it throughout the story as well.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book benefits from reading it with an adult. It would make a great read-aloud for a teacher when their class is learning about plant life cycles, or with older elementary kids to discuss deeper themes in picture books. Kids who are really into plants would likely enjoy reading it on their own.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians
Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction (500s) or picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts
Date of review: Oct. 14, 2019