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If You Plant a Seed

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.

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IF YOU PLANT A SEED is a masterful introduction to lessons about kindness, sharing, and cooperation. Animal characters make the lesson fun, and kids will recognize their own playground squabbles and reluctance to share in the conflict between the animals. Author-illustrator Kadir Nelson lets the richly expressive pictures tell much of the story. In a spread with no text, birds stare challengingly out at the reader; the food fight is busily chaotic; and in the aftermath of the fight, all the animals look subdued and reflective, creating a meaningful turning point.

The spare text also is choice. When the animals refuse to share, they're planting "a seed of selfishness." When the mouse offers the birds a tomato as truce, it's "a seed of kindness." The gardening metaphor is set up beautifully and pays off with a happy harvest at the end.

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