Here Are the Seeds

by Janay Brown-Wood (Author) Olivia Amoah (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

This delightfully rhythmic story follows two children as they grow a garden from seeds.

Author and poet JaNay Brown-Wood’s cumulative tale, similar to “The House That Jack Built,” starts promisingly: “Here are the seeds that we will sow to help our garden grow.” But as time passes, the children quickly learn that things rarely go as planned in the garden. Plants will droop without enough sun and wilt without enough water. Suddenly, “OH NO!” becomes the children’s repeated refrain. Eventually, the pair come to see that nature itself provides everything a magnificent garden needs to flourish!

This engaging read-aloud doubles as a child-friendly lesson on what plants need in order to grow. Olivia Amoah’s vivid artwork brings the story to life, particularly on the spreads featuring the refrain (“OH NO!”), where readers can look at the illustrations to try to figure out what went wrong in the garden. The story covers the key elements of what makes a healthy garden, such as soil, sun, bugs, water, mushrooms and worms - and shows how balance is necessary for plants to survive. The back matter includes brief explanations of each of these key elements. This picture book offers excellent life science curriculum connections to the needs of living things, growth and changes in plants and plant life cycles.

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Kirkus Reviews

An enticing seasonal read-aloud.
Janay Brown-Wood
JaNay Brown-Wood has always had a passion for writing. She loves coming up with new characters and watching them grow. With the publication of Imani's Moon, she has attained her ambition to become a published children's author. She lives in California.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Kids Can Press
Publication date
May 07, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV055000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nursery Rhymes
JUV063000 - Juvenile Fiction | Recycling & Green Living
JUV029040 - Juvenile Fiction | Science & Nature | Flowers & Plants
Library of Congress categories

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