Rooting for You


It's time for one little seed to come out of his shell. But he's afraid. It's a big world out there. There may be dangers! (Like monsters!) There are definitely obstacles. (Like rocks!) And while there's a good deal of uncertainty, he discovers that he has friends to help guide him on his way and root for him to have his day in the sun.
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It's time for one little seed to come out of his shell. But he's afraid. It's a big world out there. There may be dangers! (Like monsters!) There are definitely obstacles. (Like rocks!) And while there's a good deal of uncertainty, he discovers that he has friends to help guide him on his way and root for him to have his day in the sun.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
Rooting for You is a cheerful alternative to Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go! for anyone ready to graduate from one stage of life to another. No fear: There's sunshine ahead.
Publishers Weekly
“I am NOT coming out!” says a tiny lime-green seed nestled deep within the warm brown earth. Because, really, who knows what awaits in the world above? But with the encouragement of an astute, bespectacled worm (“There are friends to feed you,/ friends to weed you,/ and friends indeed/ who really need you!”) and the visual propulsion provided by a series of sweetly comic gatefolds (including one that’s both horizontal and vertical), the seed overcomes the real and perceived obstacles in its path and triumphantly assumes its role as the garden equivalent of a BMOC. Hood’s (Spike, the Mixed-up Monster) writing occasionally slides into graduation speech territory (“Get going, get growing!/ Your whole life awaits!”), but between the worm’s cheerleading and Cordell’s (hello! hello!) cheery, minimalist cartoon evocation of the underground world, the seed’s journey feels like a real accomplishment. Of course, any relationship between the seed’s emergence and that of a human baby are strictly coincidental. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator’s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A story about a seed's journey from sprout to bloom. A nervous daisy seed, "safe and sound,/down/down/down/here in the ground," finally becomes bored and decides to begin his travels through soil, meeting a helpful worm and bravely passing a menacing spider. Some pages fold up or out, immersing readers in this underground world. The seed has an expressive, wide mouth and active eyebrows that display trepidation at first, then pride. Peppered with plenty of sound effects ("Youch! Bonk."), Hood's loosely rhyming story focuses on the friendly symbiosis of living things without any scientific words-outside in the "soft warm skies," says the worm, "There are friends to feed you,/friends to weed you,/and friends indeed who/really need you!" Young readers will enjoy the novelty of the format and will relate to the seed's childlike fear of spiders and darkness.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
A flower-to-be, looking like a green pea and behaving just like a human preschooler, voices its fears about its inevitable transformation. There's the dark. ("You never know / who might be digging… / …in the DARK.") There's the equally scary-seeming light looming above. With bona fide impediments like rocks and spiders popping up, young readers should develop real empathy for the little plant during its complex transit. A bespectacled worm offers encouragement and reassurance, flanked by ants and beetles. "There are friends to feed you, / friends to weed you, / and friends indeed who / really need you!" A series of gatefolds serves to reinforce the sense of expansiveness of soil and, later, blue sky, as the seed-turned-sprout grows into a towering, daisylike flower. Cordell uses a flat, matte color palette of browns, greens, worm-pink and sky blue, with thick black line for details. He preserves the plant's personality throughout its growth spurt, successively using the same pale green hue and facial expressions for the seed, sprout and the flower's center. Hood's rhyming text is charming, but the final gatefold, a full three pages tall, must be folded away and turned before its verse can be concluded on the final spread—a slight detraction from the flow. As sweet and benign as a summer daisy. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423152309
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 175,221
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hood has written for parents and early childhood educators in the New York Times, Nick's ParentsConnect, Sesame Street Parent's Guide, Working Mother, and more. She is also the author of more than 200 licensed books for young readers including board books, concept books, interactive books, nonfiction, and beginning readers. Her forthcoming original titles include Spike, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet (Paula Wiseman Books/S&S) and The Tooth Mouse (Kids Can Press), illustrated by Janice Nadeau.

Matthew Cordell ( has illustrated many picture books including, Toby and the Snowflakes, and Righty and Lefty and hello! hello!. His first authored work is Trouble Gum, which he illustrated himself. He currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Julie Halpern, and daughter.

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