Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 38

Picture Book
: Miss Maple’s Seeds

Author & Illustrator
: Eliza Wheeler

Summary: Miss Maple, a finder of orphan seeds that did not find a place to grow, sees potential for a miracle in every guest. She tenderly nurtures each seed through the up-coming seasons, taking them on field trips to consider places to grow in next year’s planting. When she deems it is time for them to make roots of their own, she sends them off, telling them to take care for even the smallest seed can become a great tree. Then she goes orphan seed gathering again.

Hanna’s Comments: I especially loved the page in which the illustrator shows the reader 20 different types of seeds. The illustrations are so clever & fanciful that you may want to have multiple copies of this book as you read it.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book
: Tablet

PBT Category: Fresh off the Press

PBT Topics this Book Connects with
: abundance/bounty, adoption, affection, caring/tending, care of creation, commitment, diversity, eggs/seeds, encouragement, the environment/nature, faith/faithfulness, found, gardening/planting/pruning/sowing, generosity/giving/offering/stewardship, gifts/giftedness/talents, god’s care/providence, God’s nature, goodness, growing up/growth, hospitality, image of God, kindness, mission, mothers, nurturing, orphans, outreach, parents/parental love, patience, rescue, safe place/sanctuary, savior/saving, servant hood/service/serving, steadfastness, waiting

Scripture Connections: Whoever welcomes a child (Matthew 18:5); Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mark 4:30-32); Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:18-23)

Idea(s) for Application: a gift for a family who adopts a child, does foster care, a teacher, or someone doing children’s ministry

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