The Trellis And The Seed; A Book Of Encouragement For All Ages


A young seed hears a gardener talk about the wonderful flower he'll grow to be. Yet, as she describes each phase, he thinks about what he is, and doubts he could be much more.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The pastoral illustrations complement the story beautifully. The narrative describes a plant's cycle (from seed to flower) in terms simple enough for a young reader to understand. The book is as billed: a book for all ages.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our toddler took to this story after just two readings. S/He liked to listen to the gardener and then look at the seed's growth in the illustrations.

Big Kid Reaction

We were surprised by our toddler's reaction. We didn't think she'd have patience for the story (more words than your average book for 2 to 4 year old), but s/he did. It is a soothing, warm story that we liked reading as much as s/he did.

Type of Book:
This is a parable about love, faith and beauty.
Educational Themes:

On the surface this is the story of how a flower grows. Scratch a little deeper, and there are lessons about doubt, faith, love, patience, and beauty.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with child 2½ years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book with timeless value, even if you aren't sharing it with a young child. It would make a wonderful gift for an adult nature lover, too.

Title The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages
Author Jan Karon
Publisher Viking Children's Books, a Penguin Random House Company © 2003
Illustrators Robert Gantt
ISBN 0670892890
Material Hard Cover
Genres Nature, Poetry
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