Seedfolks by Paul FleischmanSeedfolks by Paul Fleischman


byPaul FleischmanIllustratorJudy Pedersen


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ALA Best Book for Young Adults ∙ School Library Journal Best Book ∙ Publishers Weekly Best Book ∙ IRA/CBC Children's Choice NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts

A Vietnamese girl plants six lima beans in a Cleveland vacant lot. Looking down on the immigrant-filled neighborhood, a Romanian woman watches suspiciously. A school janitor gets involved, then a Guatemalan family. Then muscle-bound Curtis, trying to win back Lateesha. Pregnant Maricela. Amir from India. A sense of community sprouts and spreads. 

Newbery-winning author Paul Fleischman uses thirteen speakers to bring to life a community garden's founding and first year. The book's short length, diverse cast, and suitability for adults as well as children have led it to be used in countless one-book reads in schools and in cities across the country.

Seedfolks has been drawn upon to teach tolerance, read in ESL classes, promoted by urban gardeners, and performed in schools and on stages from South Africa to Broadway.

The book's many tributaries—from the author's immigrant grandfather to his adoption of two brothers from Mexico—are detailed in his forthcoming memoir, No Map, Great Trip: A Young Writer's Road to Page One.

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

And don’t miss Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, the Newbery Medal-winning poetry collection!

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Innovative. Effective.”