Stay, Little Seed

Stay, Little Seed


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"A cute, sentimental tale that will appeal to those who love The Giving Tree"––School Library Journal

Adults and children alike will delight in this heartwarming and visually powerful picture book, which shares a timeless story about love, connection, and finding the courage to grow tall on one's own.

Every year when the wind blows, the tree’s seeds sail away to a mysterious place—until one little seed decides to stay. At first, the tree supposes the seed should leave. How else would it grow roots to rise tall and strong? But the tree is also lonely, and the mysterious place is far, far away. Will the seed be safe on its own?

Stay, Little Seed celebrates the rhythms of the natural world and shares a gentle message for all of us, no matter our age: Sometimes, by letting go and being brave, we begin life’s greatest adventures.

“Careful nurturing begets the launch into the unknown: Valentini celebrates both as natural and fitting.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Both children and adult readers will identify with [Stay Little Seed’s] timeless themes, from the joy in comforting familial bonds to the growth that can only happen with independence.”

“A charming and quietly profound story, Stay, Little Seed encourages readers to be courageous enough to let go and experience new adventures in life.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771646468
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Cristiana Valentini is a children’s book author who works in animation in addition to writing for children and contributing to fashion magazines. Her first children’s books were published with ZooLibri in Italy, where she is based. Stay, Little Seed remains her most loved book.

Phillip Giordano is an illustrator and animator whose work has been selected for the American illustration Annual, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, 3x3 Illustration Annual, and the Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards. His illustrations have received international recognition and awards including the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators; the White Raven Award; and the International Illustration Prize, Bologna.

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“Careful nurturing begets the launch into the unknown: Valentini celebrates both as natural and fitting.”
Kirkus Reviews

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