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Max's Magic Seeds
     

Max's Magic Seeds

by 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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
The adventure genre usually brings to mind tales of pirates and spies, but here is a story that captures the adventure young children find in the workings of the natural world. Young Max is given a bag of flower seeds by his eccentric uncle and told to scatter them throughout his hometown. Soon flowers begin to poke up between the cobbles of the streets, trail down from bridges and encircle doorways. Though the text is rather flat, Corderich's fabulously exuberant illustrations, brimming with color, action and expression, more than make up for it. Preschoolers will enjoy searching through the details of each picture. Reviewer: Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
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.

Kirkus Reviews
A special gift makes a boy a local celebrity. In his small French village, young Max waits anxiously for his favorite uncle, Bill, to arrive for Max's birthday party. Bill, a botanist by trade, pulls up in his big yellow bus and, after a hug, gives Max a big bag of various flower seeds to scatter. Max starts the next morning, and spends nearly a week tossing seeds all around the cobbled streets and sidewalks. Nothing happens right away; Max begins to give up hope, but then . . . stems and buds and finally flowers bloom all around. The village is transformed into a riot of color and a melange of lovely aromas. Max becomes a hero, receiving a citation from the mayor. Corderoch's elaborate watercolor illustrations greatly enhance Elschner's straightforward tale, whose prose might be out of reach for younger readers. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698400597
Publisher:
Minedition
Publication date:
06/21/2007
Pages:
32
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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