If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson Reviewed by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge

If you plant a seedIf You Plant a Seed; words and paintings by Kadir Nelson; Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2015.  32 pages; $18.99 (hardcover); reading level: ages 3-8.

Seeds – both real and metaphoric – are the subject of this stunning, oversized picture book.  The biblical adage of reaping what you sow (carrots…selfishness…kindness) is conveyed in a restrained text that says just enough and dramatic illustrations created from actual paintings that are so meticulously reproduced the texture of the canvass is often visible. Text and illustrations share perfectly in the storytelling, almost as if they are reinforcing the theme. The large cast of characters – all animals and birds – create “a heap of trouble” but by the final two-page spread they learn just how sweet tasting and sweet-feeling life can be…if only you plant the proper seed. Boldly beautiful, great story, great theme…it’s all here.

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