Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell

The publisher's summary:
Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants. Even flowers!&nbspDetailed illustrations teach new readers about the edible parts of different plants, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and seeds. Labelled diagrams explain how an apple seed can grow into a new plant, reveal how a walnut is contained within its shell, and show how wheat seeds make flour.
A story for toddlers and preschoolers quite full of information, Plants Feed Me is not bogged down nonsense.  It is sweet and simple, ultimately digestible for the young reader/listener.  The book includes the different parts of plants that are edible, where a plant can grow, and what can be made from plants. The overall message of the book is that "Plants feed us." The illustrations are bold and bright, leaving the plants looking amazingly appetizing.  Even beets. Well, almost . . . 

A great book to introduce eating vegetables and plants to children. I can also see this one being used for younger elementary grades when learning about plants.  Also a great book to read to the youngsters before planting a garden this spring.

Publisher: Holiday House
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780823425266

If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay

The publisher's summary:
Something magical happens when you plant a dream with a seed. With plenty of love and patience, they can blossom into an extraordinary gift.
To be shared with those you love and those with big dreams, this book encourages us to never give up.
A sweet story that starts with a young boy with a seed and a wish.  It ends with the boy, now grown with a child of his own, passing down a seed.  The story itself isn't original as the idea of a plant growing as a metaphor to the child growing to adulthood is commonplace.  It is heartwarming, nonetheless.  But don't let that turn you away.  This book does have a shining star that makes it stand out.  That is the artwork.

Ms. MacKay is an artist that uses paper theater to create her beautiful images, which are the ultimate draw to the book.  Such intricate work, I cannot fathom the patience one must have to create scenes for an entire book.  The more I learned about her process, the more amazed I was with the book.  Here is a glimpse at Ms. MacKay's techniques:

Some of Ms. MacKay's work that many readers out there maybe familiar with are the 2014 covers of the 8 book set of Anne of Green Gables.  I've been hemming and hawing over buying this set because I love the covers.

I may have to.

Oh, she also has an Etsy shop.

If You Hold a Seed is something to be seen for the imaginative art alone.  I'll be looking out for her other books.

Title: If You Hold a Seed
Author: Elly MacKay
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780762447213

A Return

I have decided to delve back into the world of book blogging.  I never wanted to leave.  The way our lives unfold, however, sometimes separates us from the small joys.

If there are any lingering readers who have forgotten to update their readers, you will notice that I have deleted my past posts.  This was done to give myself a fresh start.  My opinions may no longer be the same.  Motherhood has a way of maturing us in ways nothing else can.  I tended to be more negative in the past.  That is something that I want to rectify on my future posts.  Unless a book truly warrants a harsh criticism (and very few that I have read do), I want to try to be more upbeat and positive about the books I read.  Reading brings me joy.  I want to share that joy with like-minded folks who are seeking opinions and information about books.  It's so easy to be caught up in the negativity of the world.  I really do not want to contribute any more.  I want to celebrate books.  They are truly wonderful things.

Another reason that I deleted past posts is because, in addition to discussing books that I have read, I plan on sharing our home education experience.  My children are currently six, five, and three years old.  We are starting our journey.  I find so many ideas and encouragement from other home educating blogs, that I want to be included in that experience.

How this will all evolve, I can only speculate.  But I am excited to be back on the journey.