A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Conveys the seasonal rhythm of planting and growing, but anthropomorphizes the seeds so they seem like children in Miss Maple's care. Twenty 20 different kinds of seeds, from acorn to pumpkin, are pictured and identified on one page.
Miss Maple tells her seeds, "Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small." Good advice for little humans, too.
Positive Role Models
Miss Maple is kind, caring, and protective of her little seeds. She goes the extra mile to keep them safe and find the best place for them to sprout.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Miss Maple's Seeds is a gentle, warm, and imaginative fantasy about a tiny woman (small enough to fly astride a bluebird) who helps seeds grow by collecting unsprouted "orphan seeds" in summer, keeping them warm in her maple tree home during winter, and then depositing them to bloom in safe places in spring. Beautiful illustrations give the book the look and feel of a classic. Twenty different kinds of seeds, from acorn to pumpkin, are pictured and identified on one page.
Is It Any Good?
MISS MAPLE'S SEEDS has the look and feel of a classic. Author-illustrator Eliza Wheeler imagines a miniature person devoted to helping along the seasonal process of seeds turning into plants, vegetables, flowers, and trees. The book has the warm, gentle appeal of a Tom Thumb or Thumbelina story, with Miss Maple flying through the air astride a bluebird and making her home inside a maple tree trunk. Although the central notion of a tiny woman as seed caretaker is not scientific, the process of seeds growing seasonally is, and there's a full page that identifies 20 different types of seeds, from acorn to pumpkin.
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