Seedfolks by Paul FleischmanSeedfolks by Paul Fleischman


byPaul FleischmanIllustratorJudy Pedersen


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Newbery Medal-winning Seedfolks from Paul Fleischman tells thirteen stories from diverse perspectives—young and old, immigrant and native, haunted and hopeful. A fractured neighborhood unites with just a few seeds, turning a drab empty lot in Cleveland into beautiful green garden.

Seedfolks has been chosen as a state- and city-wide read in communities across the country for its inspiring message of unity.

Kim begins the garden, planting a few lima beans to connect with her father who died when she was a baby in Vietnam. Then Tío Juan, a farmer from Guatemala, gains purpose when he teaches the neighborhood children how to plant. Soon curious neighbors join in and together they grow a beautiful garden. With each bean sprout and cucumber blossom the residents of Gibs Street find hope and meaning in their little green paradise.

As the Christian Science Monitor noted, "The size of this slim volume belies the profound message of hope it contains."

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California in a house with a printing press, a grand piano, a shortwave radio, and his father—children’s author Sid Fleischman. Playing recorder in early music consorts led to his books of verbal duets—I Am Phoenix, Joyful Noise (winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal), and Big Talk. His novels built ...
Title:SeedfolksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.38 inPublisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064472078

ISBN - 13:9780064472074

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learn about community Seedfolks is written from the point of view of 13 people living in a community in Cleveland. The community has seen some downtimes and the people living there have immigrated from all areas of the globe. Over the course of the book they come together when a small child starts growing lima beans in memory of her father in the vacant lot. This vacant lot becomes a community garden and through the power of nature the individuals in the community learn about each other and their cultures. A great novel study or read aloud for a classroom.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the BEST BOOKS written in the last 10 YEARS This is a must-read! It's about how a poor neighbourhood in Cleveland overcomes language and racial barriers, after a little girl begins planting lima beans in a vacant garbage lot, and in doing so, brings the whole community together to start a garden. It is written so Fleischman uses a monologue for each character and you can get very involved in the story so that you too become a seedfolk...planted in the garden.......
Date published: 2005-09-28

From Our Editors

When a little girl first plants a handful of bean seeds in a corner of a rat-infested vacant lot, it doesn’t seem to make a big difference. Soon Curtis notices them growing and thinks he could plant some tomatoes and win his precious Lateesha back. Then Virgil’s father gets the bright idea he could make a fortune growing lettuce. Paul Fleischman takes a look at what happens when one person dares to hope in Seedfolks.