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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762447214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762447213
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Much like Julie Fogliano’s And Then It’s Spring (2012), this story is about a boy who discovers the magic of a seed when he plants it in the ground. But first it takes some sun and rain and plenty of waiting . . . and then some more waiting. Little by little, the boy notices buds and tender leaves on a sprouting tree, and a host of insects that make their home in the new growth. As the quiet story cycles through the seasons and the passing years—and the continual waiting—both the boy and tree grow bigger, until the tree is strong enough to hold the boy, and the boy holds one of the tree’s seeds, ready to start the magic again. Although the text is less inventive than Fogliano’s, the magic of this debut picture book rests in MacKay’s diorama-style illustrations. Layered cutouts made from a variety of papers, including semitranslucent Yupo paper, allow soft, warm light to filter through and create luminous, sunlit scenes. Just the right antidote for The Giving Tree. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angela Leeper

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Ontario Library Association 2013 Best Bets Top 10 Picture Book for Children

Atlanta Parent Magazine Best Books of 2013 list for Preschool to Early Elementary

"Glowing paper dioramas are the heart and soul of MacKay's debut. . . ."
Publishers Weekly

"All of [MacKay's] forethought and preparation has fittingly paid off in a story that is as surprising as it is nakedly inspirational."—Jay Bushara, —Huffington Post

"The magic of this debut picture book rests in MacKay’s diorama-style illustrations . . . Just the right antidote for The Giving Tree."
Booklist

"The book will be suitable for quiet one-on-one sharing or perhaps as a bedtime selection."
School Library Journal

"[MacKay] does show unusual sensitivity to effects of color and light."
Kirkus Reviews

"A magical, serendipitous story. . . . "
City Book Review

"This beautiful story is good for all young children. . . ."
Parents & Teachers, U.S. Kids Magazines

"The delight here is in the remarkable cut-paper forms that bring each scene to life. Delicate and meditative."
ForeWord Reviews

"Simple words and beautiful illustrations teach the timeless lesson to never give up, and that with love and patience, a dream can turn into a wonderful gift."—Charlotte Parent

"Each page promises many rewards through repeated viewings, and the book seems destined to become a classic."
Quill & Quire


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janice H. Bailey on April 24, 2013
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I bought thisbook for my 2 and 3 year old granddaughters. Although I have not seen this book, I am told that the 3 year old sleeps with this book, and although she has many books, it is the first book she grabs to read. She will be takingit to day care this week to share since this is a week about planting/growing/reaping. My daughter, a 3rd grade teacher, says this book is a gem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DM on February 23, 2013
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Elly's unique illustrations and a wonderful companion to this sweet story. We have several of her prints and the printing quality of the book is superb. We've recommended it to all of our friends.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pbarrett on January 27, 2013
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This book is a simple, sweet story. A perfect one to read to your little one.

What sets this book apart is Elly MacKay's artwork. Her exquisitely crafted illustrations, which she expertly lights and photographs in her mini "theater" transport the reader (and the young audience member) to another world; a world of dream and fantasy. Her illustrations are rather like a dream in which the true essence of a thing is shown but you may just have to squint your eyes to see it. Ships, and balloons, and castles in the distance add a dramatic backdrop to the scene and at the same time are vital to the moment depicted. One can lose oneself in her world of color and texture.

Ms. MacKay may well be this generation's Virginia Lee Burton, Maurice Sendak, or Ezra Jack Keats!

Buy this book. It is magical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D827 on April 15, 2014
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I'm a fan of the author's other artwork, so it's very nice to see her work contained in book-form. This story is beautifully simple and sweet, the illustrations are lovely. This is a wonderful children's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on December 26, 2013
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My two and a half year old likes it. He doesn't usually like relatively easy going (colors, scenes, etc) books like this, but he really enjoys it. I'd buy again and would recommend it to others.
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