If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

If You Plant a Seed 511V106f+0L__SY498_BO1,204,203,200_If You Plant a Seed

Kadir Nelson, Author and Illustrator

Balzer + Bray/Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Fiction, Mar. 3, 2015

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Animals, Nature, Planting and Growing, Sharing,  Seeds of kindness, Generosity, Friendship

Opening: “If you plant a tomato seed, a carrot seed, and a cabbage seed, / in time, / with love and care, /  tomato, carrot and cabbage plants will grow.”

Synopsis: Rabbit and mouse, plant seeds in their garden. They patiently tend to their garden and watch the rain and sun do their magic. As the fruits of their labor begin to pay off they do their happy dance and marvel at the sweetness of their bounty. When five birds appear from the sky, rabbit and mouse try to protect their vegetables from their winged friends.  The birds stare them down (illustrations are priceless) and pandemonium breaks out, until mouse gives the birds a peace-offering. Because of mouse’s act of generosity, the birds return with seeds of kindness and friendship reigns.

Why I like If You Plant a Seed:

Kadir Nelson’s If You Plant a Seed is a timeless story for the entire family that will charm you from the first double-spread to the last. His spare and clever text makes this story an easy book for kids to read alone or to a sibling. It shows children what happens when you are selfish and hoard your bounty. And it teaches them what happens when they are kind and share with others — friendships form. These are values they will easily understand. The cover is gorgeous. Nelson’s beautiful, oversized oil paintings are breathtaking! Facial expressions are dramatic, expressive and humorous. The vegetables look so real, that you want to reach out and take a bite of a carrot or tomato. If You Plant a Seed has heart, humor, connection and friendship. It  is a treasure! Visit Kadir Nelson online at his website.

Kadir Nelson won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson’s authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. He is also the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Baby Bear.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

40 thoughts on “If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

  1. Looking forward to reading If You Plant a Seed, as well as checking out all the books you listed in Kadir’s bio. Thanks for introducing me to an awesome-sounding author/illustrator!

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  2. What a lovely book & message. Perfect timing, too, as the bounties in our gardens grow (at least in the northeast US) and as I ponder the importance of this message in today’s world. Thank you!

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  4. Sounds like Mouse and Rabbit have green thumbs….paws. Unlike certain Moms around here. When Mom hung our hanging plants outside, she said, “Sorry. You’ll both be dead soon.” She wasn’t even kidding.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  5. As always, thank you so much for lifting up this book! People are always asking “What can I do to make a difference?” and knowing that planting a little seed can make all the difference in the world is so important. This is a lovely way to get that message across. On Tuesday we’ll have this book in our shop in San Mateo, thanks to Childrens Books Heal.

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    • Thanks Craig. It is beautiful book about planting the seeds of kindness. I hope you checked out Nelson’ website to see everything he’s authored/illustrated or books he’s illustrated with other authors. So much strength and power in his artwork. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I love this book! I got to hear Kadir Nelson speak about this book last year at NCTE. My favorite anecdote was his insight about the page where all the animals are sitting around “fertilizing” the seed (and reading the newspaper) – ha! Thanks for sharing with #diversekidlit!

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    • Oh you lucky thing! I love Kadir Nelson’s artwork but I haven’t read any of his own writing, and this sounds a gorgeous book – it must have been really special to hear him talking about it – and from what you say, Katie, and you too in your lovely review, Patricia, there’s a nice blend of humour and depth. Thank you, indeed, for sharing with #diversekidlit.

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    • Oh you lucky thing! I love Kadir Nelson’s artwork but I haven’t read any of his own writing, and this sounds a gorgeous book – it must have been really special to hear him talking about it – and from what you say, Katie, and you too in your lovely review, Patricia, there’s a nice blend of humour and depth. Thank you, indeed, for sharing with #diversekidlit.

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