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Newbery Medal-winning Seedfolks from Paul Fleischman tells thirteen stories from diverse perspectives--young and old, immigrant and native, haunted and hopeful. A fractured neighborhood unites with just a few seeds, turning a drab empty lot in Cleveland into beautiful green garden.

Seedfolks has been chosen as a state- and city-wide read in communities across the country for its inspiring message of unity.

Kim begins the garden, planting a few lima beans to connect with her father who died when she was a baby in Vietnam. Then T#65533;o Juan, a farmer from Guatemala, gains purpose when he teaches the neighborhood children how to plant. Soon curious neighbors join in and together they grow a beautiful garden. With each bean sprout and cucumber blossom the residents of Gibs Street find hope and meaning in their little green paradise.

As the Christian Science Monitor noted, "The size of this slim volume belies the profound message of hope it contains."

Publisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books, 1997.
ISBN: 9780064472074
Characteristics: 69 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pedersen, Judy


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JCLEmilyD Feb 27, 2017

I love this book! It's about community, diversity, and gardening! Every chapter is from a different point of view all talking about a garden created on a vacant lot and how it impacted them. Wonderful read!

JCLJenP Jan 19, 2017

This book is about the ways a community garden bring the members of a neighborhood together, told by individual neighbors from diverse backgrounds as they observe or garden there.

Aug 31, 2013

If you are a person of color many things in this book might rub you the wrong way. My husband had to read this for his ESL class and he was laughing at how inaccurately his country was described.

The author clearly meant well but betrays his biases through bizarre, unnecessary details. For example: cliched broken English in a thought narrative for an Asian character, a young Black man from Cleveland describing himself as a "jungle beast", not one but two pregnant Latina teens, and a white savior-esque character who voluntarily moves to a poor urban neighborhood to play peacemaker after retiring from the UN. There are some touching moments in the narratives but these issues seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

Aug 03, 2012

A beautiful YA book for all age readers.

Jun 04, 2012

This book was a very enjoyable and quick read. I love to read about the life of each person who participates in this community garden. The garden not only allows people to connect to their own cultural roots but also to others in their community.

mmg2681 Jan 15, 2012

It took me an hour to read, but the book was good. Following the lives of several people in Cleveland and how they come to find a plot of land and start to plant seeds for the community garden. Great book. I enjoyed it!

mare2u Dec 20, 2011

Picked this up since it was about a Cleveland neighborhood. What a delightful surprise, especially since it is written by a Californian. Short book, quick read, really warms your heart.

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