The Giant Seed

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In this follow up to the magnificently inventive Ice, Arthur Geisert once again charms us with his porcine world. This time his pigs must get creative when a volcano destroys their home. Fortunately they got busybefore trouble hit by planting a huge mysterious seed, for it's the seed plus imagination, as well as a good dose of can-do spirit, that save the day! Illustrated with inventive, sensitive, and unusually lovely etchings that seem to come from an old cherished album, The ...

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Overview

In this follow up to the magnificently inventive Ice, Arthur Geisert once again charms us with his porcine world. This time his pigs must get creative when a volcano destroys their home. Fortunately they got busybefore trouble hit by planting a huge mysterious seed, for it's the seed plus imagination, as well as a good dose of can-do spirit, that save the day! Illustrated with inventive, sensitive, and unusually lovely etchings that seem to come from an old cherished album, The Big Seed is a worthy successor to Geisert’s Ice.

Award-winning children's book author Arthur Geisert's pigs are legendary in the world of children's books. They carve ice sculptures, teach Roman numerals, create ingenious machines, and get up to all kinds of antics. Did Arthur grow up on a farm? No. He grew up in Los Angeles and claims not to have seen a pig until he was an adult. Trained as a sculptor in college, Geisert learned to etch at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has published just about a book a year for the past thirty years and every one of his books has been illustrated with etchings. In 1996 (as well as once previous to that) he won The New York Times Best Illustrated Award. Geisert lives in Bernard, Iowa.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The nomadic pigs that first appeared in Ice return in another intricately illustrated, wordless story, first published in France. One day, a large, broomlike plant lands near the pigs’ island village. The pigs cut off the stalk and plant its seedpod, and, over time, dandelion flowers emerge. When a nearby volcano starts spurting lava, the pigs gather their belongings and use the dandelion tufts as parachutes, landing safely on another island. Geisert’s etchings unfold with grace and understated drama; enigmatic details should urge readers to imaginatively participate in the open-ended story. Ages 4–up. (June)
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"All of Geisert's etchings are things of antique beauty--feasts for the eyes, the dandelion leaves alone are print-quality items--but the hail of lava has an otherworldly sinister loveliness. [...] This is a story of magic, etched with an everydayness that encourages readers to invite wonder, even bewilderment, into their lives." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Don’t repeat yourself. In literature, we hear that a lot, right? Authors shouldn’t dip their bucket in the same well too many times, lest things get old. The audience gets bored. I would like to include “…unless you know what you’re doing” to that time-honored adage. With The Giant Seed, Arthur Geisert mines some familiar territory (especially for those familiar with his last book, the outstanding Ice) – wordless, porcine, and survivalist. But when you know what you’re doing, as Geisert does, and can create stories with this much beauty and imagination, that stuff about going back to the well goes out the window." -- 100scopenotes.com

"Geisert's etchings unfold with grace and understated drama; enigmatic details should urge readers to imaginatively participate in the open-ended story." -- Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Geisert's famous pigs are back for another wordless adventure. During the night, a giant dandelion seed blows into town, and the pigs waste no time planting and caring for it. As it grows and buds, it becomes apparent that the mountain towering over the village is actually a volcano. When sparks begin to fly over the town, the pigs calmly gather their belongings and trek toward the now-established, enormous dandelion plant. In organized, cooperative fashion, they scale its stalks, and as the seeds take flight each bears a pig or two clutching its stem. The pigs fly away from the blighted island through the night and in the morning find safety on a lush new island. Though the story line is one of chaos and destruction, the pigs never seem worried or fearful; they have a plan, they care for one another, and everything works out fine. While some will enjoy the book just for the whimsy and adventure, kids experiencing turmoil in their home lives—whether through natural disasters or family dissolution—may be comforted by the characters' journey to safety. Geisert's engravings are as beautiful as ever; the spread showing the pig-laden dandelion seeds silhouetted by the moon is a particular standout. Some fans may miss the intricacies of the earlier titles, as this one is fairly straightforward; however, it is a solid choice for collections in need of wordless books or where the artist is popular.—Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A welcome addition to Geisert's gratifying series of wordless oddments features a volcano, a giant seed pod and, for sure, a bunch of pigs. A gathering of pigs live on an island. Don't ask why, just get into the mood, as you did with Geisert's recent production, Ice (2011), a story of another bunch of pigs living on an island, with different problems, but solved no less phantasmagorically. The pigs reside in a compound of very natty sties built at the foot of a towering volcanic peak. One day, the sea winds blow a super-colossal dandelion seed to the island. Unlike fastidious gardeners, who would have beat the seed to a pulp and tossed it in the waves, the pigs rally their forces in a terrific earthmoving project and plant the seed. Which is a good thing, for as the weed blossoms grandly, as dandelion seeds will, the volcano also gets active, raining blobs of molten lava down on the pigs' homesteads. All of Geisert's etchings are things of antique beauty--feasts for the eyes, the dandelion leaves alone are print-quality items--but the hail of lava has an otherworldly sinister loveliness. With the volcano spelling their doom, the pigs hitch rides on the gargantuan dandelion fluff to a neighboring island. This is a story of magic, etched with an everydayness that encourages readers to invite wonder, even bewilderment, into their lives. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701155
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Stories Without Words Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 546,144
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Arthur Geisert: Award-winning children's book author Arthur Geisert's pigs are legendary in the world of children's books. They carve ice sculptures, teach Roman numerals, create ingenious machines and get up to all kinds of antics. Did Arthur grow up on a farm? No. He grew up in LA and claims not to have seen a pig until he was an adult. Trained as a sculptor in college, Geisert learned to etch at the Otis Art Institute in LA. Geisert has published just about a book a year for the past 30 years and every one of his books has been illustrated with etchings.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker and the Horn Book magazine. In 2010, his book ICE (also published by Enchanted Lion) was selected as a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated book of the year. Geisert currently lives in a converted bank building in Bernard, Iowa.

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