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Children's LiteratureGiven a small nameless seed, a gardener stores it until spring. Then, she plants the tiny seed in the cold earth and gives it its own tall trellis to climb. The seed does not know what to expect, but soon feels a "tickle" and a "kiss" as it develops tiny roots and shoots. It grows and grows, stopping short of the top of the trellis when it feels it can grow no longer. The gardener supplies fertilizer to give the vine an extra boost, and sure enough it climbs to the top of the trellis—and beyond. All of the other bushes, flowers, and trees in the garden burst into beautiful bloom. But the healthy vine seems only to sprout tendrils and leaves. One night under the beams of a full moon, feelings of a "tickle" and a "kiss" return. Rushing to the garden in her nightgown and bare feet, the gardener sees the delicate white blossoms of the night-blooming moonflower. Not only is the vine more beautiful than ever, but it also fills the air with a delicious scent. Now both the gardener and the grown vine realize the plant's true nature which they brought to fruition together. Subtitled A Book of Encouragement for All Ages, this book is 32 pages long on high quality paper with soft illustrations that evoke a mood of mystery and meditation. Many readers will recognize Jan Karon's name from her popular "Mitford Years" series. 2003, Viking, Ages 7 up.
— Chris Gill