Title: Little Seed: A Life
Author: Callie Grant
Illustrator: Suzanne Etienne
Publisher: Graham Blanchard Inc.
“In the fullness of summer, Little Seed became exactly what it was made to be. Almost. One fall day, its little seeds drifted to the ground. They found good soil too! And so the life of one Little Seed became the life of many,” Callie Grant writes in her children’s book, Little Seed: A Life.
This twenty-four-page board book with rounded corners targets infants to six-year-old children who enjoy stories about the life cycle of plants. With no scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is quoted.
One of the Praise books, this short story explains how a little seed falls to the ground and is buried by a squirrel so no one would find it. The seed is cozy in the soil with its protective coating. Even when the earth is frozen during wintertime, God has provided for the little seed. In spring, the snow turns to rain, and the tiny seed’s shell splits open. Down in the earth, it starts to grow; its roots spread out, and a green sprout pushes up through the ground. At the peak of summer, the seed has grown into a tall sunflower. During the fall, the flower sheds its seeds to start the process over. The last page is a written out Bible verse from Isaiah.
What makes this small book special is the pictures show a slice of the earth with the seed being planted in the dirt. Depictions of worms, other seeds, and roots underground along with frogs, mice, snails, bugs, and birds above ground can teach children about nature.
This educational tool is helpful by not only showing how a seed becomes a plant and then produces more seeds, but it also teaches how God made and protects all things, including a tiny seed that falls to the earth.
Author and founder of Graham Blanchard, Grant has released eleven titles that promote a love of learning about God at an early age. Living in Austin, the writer/editor has a passion for educational publishing and children’s books. Illustrator Etienne’s painted drawings are colorful with easy-to-understand brush strokes.
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