The Lotus Seed

Paperback | January 12, 2001

bySherry GarlandIllustratorTatsuro Kiuchi

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When she is forced to leave Vietnam, a young girl brings a lotus seed with her to America in remembrance of her homeland. 'Exquisite artwork fuses with a compelling narrative - a concise endnote places the story effectively within a historical context - to produce a moving and polished offering.' - Publishers Weekly

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When she is forced to leave Vietnam, a young girl brings a lotus seed with her to America in remembrance of her homeland. "Exquisite artwork fuses with a compelling narrative--a concise endnote places the story within a historical context--to produce a moving and polished offering".--"Publisher's Weekly". Full color

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When she is forced to leave Vietnam, a young girl brings a lotus seed with her to America in remembrance of her homeland. 'Exquisite artwork fuses with a compelling narrative - a concise endnote places the story effectively within a historical context - to produce a moving and polished offering.' - Publishers Weekly

SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 11.02 × 8.5 × 0.16 inPublished:January 12, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152014837

ISBN - 13:9780152014834

Appropriate for ages: 6

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When she is forced to leave Vietnam, a young girl brings a lotus seed with her to America in remembrance of her homeland. "Exquisite artwork fuses with a compelling narrative--a concise endnote places the story within a historical context--to produce a moving and polished offering".--"Publisher's Weekly". Full color

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Grade 2-5-- A nameless Vietnamese narrator tells of her grandmother who, as a girl, accidentally sees the last emperor cry on the day of his abdication. She surreptitiously enters the palace gardens and takes a lotus seed as a remembrance of that day and her ruler. She keeps the seed with her through vicissitudes of war, flight, and emigration until one summer a grandson (the narrator's brother) steals it and plants it in a mud pool near the family's American home. Grandmother is inconsolable when the exact spot cannot be found. The following spring, a lotus grows from the mud puddle and in time the elderly woman gives a seed to each of her grandchildren, reserving one for herself. The narrator vows to plant hers one day, give the seeds to her own children, keep the tradition, and share her grandmother's memories. This tale of hope and continuance is told with disarming simplicity. Interesting oil paintings, largely in earth tones, are slightly mannered, yet culturally accurate, and often moving in their amplification of the text. A warm addition to school and public library collections. --John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library