Friday, June 28, 2019

Seed Parables

Picture Book: The Tiny Seed
Author & Illustrator: Eric Carle
Summary: It's autumn and a group of seeds begin their journey via the wind from tree to destiny. Carle asks if the tiniest of them will be able to keep up. 
One seed flies too close to the sun.
 One lands in ice that never melts.
 Another seed falls into the ocean. 
A hot dry desert is too much for one seed. Meanwhile, the tiny seed is pushed on with the others. 
When the seeds fall to the ground, one is eaten, but not the tiny seed. It is so small. It isn't seen. 
The tiny seed also avoids being a mouse lunch. 
It's spring; the seeds transform into plants. 
One plant is trampled.   
One is picked... 
to become a gift.
Amazingly, the tiny seed becomes a tremendous flower, taller than a nearby house - a giant! 
Birds and bees visit all summer. They too are surprised by its size. 
When Autumn returns, the wind blows petals (and seeds) about, continuing the circle of life.  
Hanna’s Comments: I hope you see the direct connections this book has to Jesus' seed parables. Those seeds metaphorically represented the gospel, the church, or The Kingdom of God. In each case, the giant flower offers a nice point of discussion about the growth and influence of these throughout history. A board book is photographed above, but because of the amount of text, this book is better for older children who might not like being read a board book. Instead choose a larger version or the video which is very well done and free if you are an Amazon Prime member. If you’re an Eric Carle fan, find more of his books at PBT [here] and [here.] There are many books here at PBT about seeds. Besides the direct connections to seed parables, they offer aspects of transformation & resurrection and a need for tender care. My 2 favorites which are very different in tone are [here] and [here]. Find a fabulous book about the mustard seed [here]. If you want to see many more books about seeds, use the search word "seeds."
Original Publisher & Date: Little Simon, 2009
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up
Formats other than Book: Video
Scripture Connections: The seed parables particularly The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, & Luke 8:4-15) and The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 31-32) Any Bible story about resilience or starting out small. 
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to a group of children when studying one or more of the seed parables.

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