Max's Magic Seedsby Geraldine Elschner, Jean-Pierre Corderoch (Illustrator)
Max thinks school is boring, and his uncle Bill's idea of livening things up doesn't sound too exciting either. He gives Max a big bag of seeds for his birthday. At first Max is skeptical, but he follows his uncle's instructions and scatters the seeds on his way to school. From that moment on, unusual things begin to happen, and the changes are simply magical.
Max thinks school is boring, and his uncle Bill's idea of livening things up doesn't sound too exciting either. He gives Max a big bag of seeds for his birthday. At first Max is skeptical, but he follows his uncle's instructions and scatters the seeds on his way to school. From that moment on, unusual things begin to happen, and the changes are simply magical. Wildflowers begin to grow throughout the city, where they've never been before. Suddenly Max becomes the most popular kid in school as his class gets to pick the flowers, draw them, and study them. This was the best gift, after all. Here is a lovely story about how small actions can make a big difference in your own life, and the life of an entire community.
When Uncle Bill, a botanist, gives Max a bag of seeds for his birthday, the boy's boring daily routine is altered. Now he scatters the seeds on his way to school, watches plants sprout, studies many flower varieties with his classmates, and witnesses the transformation of a town depicted as plain in the opening endpapers but lavishly adorned with blooms at the end. Poppies, sunflowers, daisies, marigolds, and more line the streets like a "colorful ribbon" that leads to Max's house and identifies him as "the flower magician" who is publicly honored for his deed. Old churches, fountains, iron gates, tile roofs, and winding cobblestone streets are charmingly represented in this European import. While the book is pretty to look at, an awkward switch in verb tenses at the beginning suggests the translation could use more polish. Elschner's characters are disappointingly flat. Max acts in a commendable way, but his experience seems devoid of wonderment and joy. Uncle Bill delivers seeds, but offers few inspirational words. For fully realized characters with a passion for planting, stick with Sarah Stewart's The Gardener (Farrar, 1997) and Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (Viking, 1982).
Gloria KosterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.86(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.36(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Géraldine Elschner lives in Germany.
Jean Pierre Corderock lives in France.
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