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The Lotus Seed
     

The Lotus Seed

3.8 5
by Sherry Garland, Tatsuro Kiuchi (Illustrator)
 

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When she is forced to leave Vietnam, a young girl brings a lotus seed with her to America in remembrance of her homeland. “Exquisite artwork fuses with a compelling narrative—a concise endnote places the story effectively within a historical context—to produce a moving and polished offering.”—Publishers Weekly

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When she is forced to leave Vietnam, a young girl brings a lotus seed with her to America in remembrance of her homeland. “Exquisite artwork fuses with a compelling narrative—a concise endnote places the story effectively within a historical context—to produce a moving and polished offering.”—Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The "spare simplicity" of this tale about a Vietnamese refugee is "richly amplified by arresting, light-filled paintings," said PW in a starred review. Ages 6-10. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- A nameless Vietnamese narrator tells of her grandmother who, as a girl, accidentally sees the last emperor cry on the day of his abdication. She surreptitiously enters the palace gardens and takes a lotus seed as a remembrance of that day and her ruler. She keeps the seed with her through vicissitudes of war, flight, and emigration until one summer a grandson (the narrator's brother) steals it and plants it in a mud pool near the family's American home. Grandmother is inconsolable when the exact spot cannot be found. The following spring, a lotus grows from the mud puddle and in time the elderly woman gives a seed to each of her grandchildren, reserving one for herself. The narrator vows to plant hers one day, give the seeds to her own children, keep the tradition, and share her grandmother's memories. This tale of hope and continuance is told with disarming simplicity. Interesting oil paintings, largely in earth tones, are slightly mannered, yet culturally accurate, and often moving in their amplification of the text. A warm addition to school and public library collections. --John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152014834
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
123,707
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
AD880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com

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The Lotus Seed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My god! This book was soooo good. Actually phenomenol.(If that's how you spell it) I cried at some sad parts. But it's about the Vietnam war. I'm Vietnamese so I know about my coutry's tragedy. On the back it has a poem of a the Lotus Flower. In Vietnam or in Vietnamese school, they would make you remember that poem by heart. I had to do it too. But all I tryin to say is, GO AND READ IT!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'Lotus Seed' is a simple and straightforward picture book recommended especially for young children. Many aspects of the Vietnamese culture in both Vietnam and the U.S. were portrayed accurately and the illustrations were beautiful.