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

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