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If You Hold a Seedby Elly Mackay
Synopses & Reviews
Exquisite illustrations balanced with minimal, flowing words, articulate the magic that unfolds from planting a simple seed. As a young boy holds the seed and sows it in the ground, it gradually comes to life throughout the seasons.
Whether a seed, hope, or dream, the acts of love, patience, and nurturing are essential for them to flourish. Perfect for new ventures or celebrating milestones, If You Hold A Seed has a simple message that will appeal across generations.
"Glowing paper dioramas are the heart and soul of MacKay's debut, a quiet, reader-directed contemplation of a seed's slow growth into a tree. In spirit, the story is similar to Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead's And Then It's Spring, though the execution is very much MacKay's own. A small boy first plants the seed, then watches the sapling grow as the seasons pass. With his yellow rubber raincoat and translucent umbrella on a rainy spring day, he looks as though he could have been cut from a vintage greeting card. Patterned and diaphanous papers add depth and texture — in winter, the boy gazes out at the snow from inside a cozy room lined with grapevine wallpaper; on a summer night, his tent is lit from within, the tree now big enough to tower over it. Eventually, the boy becomes a man and the sapling a full-fledged tree ('Season by season,/ Year by year.../ That tree will grow SO LARGE/ It will hold you'), cementing MacKay's message about the value of persistence. Ages 3 — up. Agent: Kirsten Hall, the Bright Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
About the Author
Elly MacKay lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and children. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the University of Canterbury, Elly is an artist, illustrator, and educator, and her artwork is sold in several stores including Etsy
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