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Newbery Medal-winning Seedfolks from Paul Fleischman tells thirteen stories from diverse perspectives—young and old, immigrant and native, haunted and hopeful. A fractured neighborhood unites with just a few seeds, turning a drab empty lot in Cleveland into beautiful green garden.

Seedfolks has been chosen as a state- and city-wide read in communities across the country for its inspiring message of unity.

Kim begins the garden, planting a few lima beans to connect with her father who died when she was a baby in Vietnam. Then TĂ­o Juan, a farmer from Guatemala, gains purpose when he teaches the neighborhood children how to plant. Soon curious neighbors join in and together they grow a beautiful garden. With each bean sprout and cucumber blossom the residents of Gibs Street find hope and meaning in their little green paradise.

As the Christian Science Monitor noted, "The size of this slim volume belies the profound message of hope it contains."

Library Binding, 69 pages
Published on April 1, 1999 by Perfection Learning
ISBN-10: 0780794826
ISBN-13: 9780780794825
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  • AraWednesday, August 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    Personally, seedfolks was very boring to me. I get how it was meant to be inspiring or whatever, but the characters had no real descriptions and all the chapters ended up in the same place: the person going to the garden. I don't know, some people like these kinds of books but it was just pointless to me.
    • haleyastanton
      haleyastantonSaturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm22 stars
      Seedfolks is a great book with a great moral; however, the beginning became somewhat confusing as new characters came along. I guess it isn't one of my favorites because of the lack of descriptions of characters. The author gave one's heritage, but not much of a description. Yes, it did include illustrations, but it was only of their heads. Overall, I'd give this book a rating of................6.7.

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