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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'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
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.
|Publication date:||5th March 2020|
|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|
Britta Teckentrup has written and illustrated over 80 picture books, which have been published in over 20 different countries. As well as producing many best-sellers, Britta has won numerous awards including a Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi, Most Innovative Picture Book at the Junior Design Awards and her recent bestseller Bee, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Independent Booksellers Award. After 17 years in the UK, Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her Scottish husband, son Vincent and their old cat Oskar. Follow Britta on Instagram here. Britta_Teckentrup©privat.tifMore About Britta Teckentrup