We just purchased a copy of this book and I can’t stop gushing over it.
Sometimes I find painted illustrations to be a little dated looking, but the vibrancy of the colors in Kadir Nelson’s If You Plant a Seed is just one of the many reasons to give this beautiful picture book a second look.
Centering on a rabbit and his mousey friend, the book’s sparse but meaningful text is the perfect accompaniment to the detailed illustrations. In many ways, the paintings tell the story.
The story itself has a simple message: you reap what you sow. And yet, it’s much more than that, too. The text reminds us that there are many types of seeds: there are vegetable seeds, of course, but there are also seeds of selfishness and seeds of kindness. I’ll leave it at that, but rest assured that even the youngest children will love the pictures, and a concept that can be hard to think about abstractly will become very concrete.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. Pick up a copy at your library and check it out yourself! I think it would make for a lovely storytime book.