The Lotus Seed

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Overview

A story of hope and epiphany and the importance of family heritage. A young Vietnamese girl takes a lotus seed from the Imperial Garden. Years later, her grandson plants it in his garden--where it blooms again. Full color.
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Overview

A story of hope and epiphany and the importance of family heritage. A young Vietnamese girl takes a lotus seed from the Imperial Garden. Years later, her grandson plants it in his garden--where it blooms again. Full color.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152014834
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 85,637
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 6.42 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Very GOOD BOOK!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Beautiful book!

    '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.

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