If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

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Add this one to my list of favorites by Kadir Nelson, along with We are the Ship, I Have a Dream, Heart and Soul, Nelson Mandela, and Baby Bear.

It’s a deceptively simple story – plant a seed and things will happen. You might get some nice vegetables, but then what? Good things can come and multiply if you share. Bad things might happen if you don’t. There isn’t much text, but there’s a lot going on – humor, action, friendship. As you’d expect from Kadir Nelson, the illustrations are flat out wonderful, detailed and expressive. For small children, it’s a sweet story about bunnies and mice and birds and sharing, but there’s much more you could do with this. Could it really be about social justice and the kind of world we want to have? Maybe. Just maybe.

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