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K-Gr 2-Miss Maple travels all summer looking for orphaned seeds that she can shelter and nurture until the following spring. Each one is treated like a treasured child, "all similar yet none the same." She teaches them what it means to be a seed and takes them on field trips to their natural habitats. At night, they are snuggled into cozy beds. When spring arrives, she releases them back out into the world where they can root and grow into whatever they are bound to be. Her repeated mantra, "Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small," is as comforting and encouraging as Miss Maple herself. Though the text veers a bit toward cloying, the whole is masterfully redeemed by its visual charm. A rich palette of warm greens, burnt oranges, and peacock blues dominates the spacious watercolor and ink illustrations, which are completely enchanting. With her broad straw hat, full skirts, and kind face, Miss Maple is the perfect embodiment of a caregiver, whether sweeping the tree house porch, floating downriver with her charges in a green leaf boat, or flying home atop one of her large blue birds. Each page is filled with broad vistas, warm breezes, woodland creatures, and other whimsical imagery that cannot help but welcome readers into Miss Maple's world. With its positive message about the value of nurturing even the tiniest bit of the natural world, this book is simply wonderful.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Miss Maple, a tiny woman, lives in a snug house high up in a maple tree. During the summer, she flies off on a bird’s back and gathers “orphan seeds.” Keeping them safe through the winter snows and spring rains, she nurtures them in her home, takes them on field trips, and reads them stories each night. In May, Miss Maple puts her seeds into little baskets and sends them floating through the air or down the river to take root and grow. The clean, fluid lines and lovely shading of the ink-and-watercolor artwork gives the book a beguiling look that will go a long way toward charming parents as well as children. But for all the graceful fantasy depicted in this cozy woodland setting, kids may well linger longest on the page that realistically depicts and labels 20 seeds, ranging in size from raspberry to apple to pea to pumpkin to acorn. For classroom units, this picture book could add a fanciful counterpoint to more down-to-earth books on seeds. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (April 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257926
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful story and illustrations!
William DeHoff
A great story with a lesson in it for young children and a reminder for parents as they read it to them.
Jana L. High
This is a favorite in our house, and I've bought it as gifts for others also.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mamallamaof3 on April 8, 2013
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This is such a PRECIOUS book. What a wonderful time my children and I had snuggling together and entering Miss Maples' whimsical and joyful world as she cares for orphan seeds before sending them off to grow. This book would be a WONDERFUL addition to a teacher or homeschooling parent's literature collection when teaching about planting and seeds. Often, biology units about plants lean heavily on non-fiction, but this book be great for a fiction read. There are many activities that could be created to go along with this book. What an amazing debut book, Ms. Wheeler. I truly hope you will create more books in the future! You are incredibly talented!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Ann on June 15, 2013
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The original reason I purchased it was because it was written by one of our co-workers daughters, who also graduated from our school. I was going to give it to my one year old great niece for her birthday, but after reading it I decided to give it to our daughter as part of her high school graduation gift. If I had purchased the book sooner I would have ordered additional copies as grad gifts for a couple other girls that are very near and dear to our hearts. It is a great book and beautifully illustrated. I would highly recommend this book to others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel L Wakeman on May 28, 2013
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I'm teaching a unit on gardening and planting seeds to my 3- and 4-year old preschool class, and "Miss Maple's Seeds" was the perfect book to read to the kiddos. It introduced a new way of looking at the journey that seeds travel throughout their lives. The children were mesmerized by the illustrations, and I could just see their imaginations running wild with the turn of each page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renai on September 30, 2013
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This is a favorite in our house, and I've bought it as gifts for others also. The illustrations are outstanding, probably in the top 1% of children's book illustrations I've ever seen. The story is sweet, a bit whimsical, and has a wonderful lesson. I cannot speak highly enough of this book. It is one that both parents and children will enjoy reading (and looking at!) over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By earthlotus on July 26, 2014
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This is one of those books you will keep in your library for generations ~ SO WONDERFUL!!! Beautiful illustrations, beautiful writing, just lovely. My kids ask me to read it over and over. One of my favorite pictures is the twilight release of seeds in their beautiful flower boats onto the river...I'd love a copy for art on my wall ;-)
Just an incredible book and we look forward to her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Dahlseng on September 29, 2014
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Flying onto the scene atop a bright blue bird is Miss Maple. She is returning home to none other than the hollow of an old maple tree. Summer has come to a close and she has completed her search for orphan seeds which were lost in spring.

This story has every magical making for a pixie setting. However, I personally find it refreshing that Miss Maple is not a fairy. Rather, she is a figure of a very, very little old lady. She emanates wisdom, warmth, and vibrance with a motherly quality over each seed. She gently scrubs them clean, takes them on field trips to learn all that a good seed should know, and tucks each into adorable miniature beds. All the while, cooing over them: "Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small."

This book is a beautiful lesson in nature and its seasons, in the preparation of life, and in selflessness. As springtime approaches, Miss Maple recognizes that the love and guidance she offered now culminates in farewells. She releases each seed to fulfill its destiny, and from afar she whispers over them her final coo, that though the world is big and they are small, "even the grandest of trees once had to grow up from the smallest of seeds."

Not only is the lesson itself beautiful, the unique illustrations really tip the scales. With an earthy warmth, Eliza Wheeler adds a depth that only the pictures can convey; my words fail. It is no wonder that she has won the SCBWI Los Angeles International Conference Portfolio Grand Prize . . . now that is a mouthful, and I likely have no need to say more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B.Won on April 10, 2013
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My three year old boy loves trains and trucks yet still adores this book. He's already requested a fourth reading in one day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KMcBride on June 20, 2013
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So very lovely. Whimsical, rich literature, and the illustrations are such a delight, esp. the seeds floating in the nut boats on the river at night.

Buy this book. Simply put.
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