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Posted September 17, 2012
Porcupine's Seeds is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2012
What does it take to grow sunflowers? Porcupine loves to visit Raccoon’s garden where he can turn cartwheels on the green grass, eat juicy apricots from the tree, listen to the soothing sound of the water in the fountain, and touch the soft flower petals. He wishes that he could grow sunflowers, but everyone says that he has a brown thumb because all his plants turn brown. However, Raccoon tells him that he can grow sunflowers because all they need is soil, sun, and water. She gives him a packet of sunflower seeds, and when he gets home he puts soil in a pot, plants the seeds, sets them in the sun, and waters them.
Unfortunately, one day when Porcupine goes to move them to the other side of the garden, he trips. The pot flies out of his hands and crashes. The soil and seeds are scattered everywhere. Porcupine cries. What will happen to his seeds? Will they grow or not? It’s good for children to read about nature, even in fictional stories such as Porcupine’s Seeds. It will encourage them to get outside, work in the garden, plant seeds, and grow things when they have the opportunity. Author V. J. Chary says that she tries very hard to keep her thumbs and plants green, although she doesn’t always succeed. Children will enjoy her cute tale of a cuddly porcupine and his sunflower seeds, along with Bridget McKenna’s bright, colorful illustrations. It’s a winner.