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The Seedling That Didn't Want to Grow

Written by Britta Teckentrup

Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Animals Books of the Month Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers General Fiction The Natural World

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2020 | March 2020 Book of the Month

The wonder of nature and in particular the growth cycle of a tiny seed are beautifully captured in Britta Teckentrup’s luminous illustrations and simple text which, more widely, celebrates finding your own way in the world whoever you are. What happens when one tiny seed takes a long time to get growing? It soon discovers that the faster growing seeds have taken all the space and light. Undaunted, and guarded first by ant and ladybird and later by more and more creatures of the woodlands, the tiny seed begins its own journey seeking out spaces that enable it to flourish and fulfil its potential. It’s a joy to dwell on the illustrations and to let message sink in.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for March 2020 

The Seedling That Didn't Want to Grow by Britta Teckentrup

I Don't Want to Be Quiet by Laura Ellen Anderson

Book of Time by Kathrin Koller

The Song of the Tree by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Stars Before Bedtime by Jessamy Hibberd and Claire Grace

The Seedling That Didn't Want to Grow Synopsis

It's early spring and below the earth's surface seeds are just starting to sprout. One by one they stretch through the dirt and towards the sun, extending their shoots and leaves and growing tall. All except for one seedling, who isn't quite ready. Each page of this gentle but powerfully evocative book demonstrates how some of us are different.

As most of the seeds transform into strong flowers, they block out the sun from the one left behind. But the little seedling persists, twisting and turning until, with the help of bird and insect friends, it finds its own place to grow and blossom. In the end, this little seed turns into a flower that's just as beautiful and healthy as all the others.

Hailed by Publishers Weekly as delicate, complex, extravagant, beautiful and strong, Teckentrup's inviting and softly coloured illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for this moving tale about being unique while subtly teaching kids about the life cycle of plants.

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ISBN: 9783791374291
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9783791374291
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Britta Teckentrup
Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup
Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Animals, Ecological and Environmental, General Fiction, The Natural World
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Britta Teckentrup

Britta Teckentrup is an award winning illustrator, author and fine artist. She was born in Hamburg and grew up in a city called Wuppertal. She moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin's College and the Royal College of Art. Her awards include a nomination for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and two Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Award for 'Alle Wetter' and 'The Egg'. 'Don't Wake Up Tiger' was Dutch picture book of the year 2018 and 'Under the Same Sky' on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Award. Britta has been invited to give workshops ...

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