Cover image for Sprout, seed, sprout! / written by Annika Dunklee ; illustrated by Carey Sookocheff.
Sprout, seed, sprout! / written by Annika Dunklee ; illustrated by Carey Sookocheff.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Owl Kids Books, Inc., [2019]

Physical Description:
32 pages : colour illustrations ; 20 x 24 cm
"Sprout, Seed, Sprout! is the story of a young boy who, like many children, has decided to plant a seed--in this case, an avocado seed. And as with so many things in life, the process takes a good while longer than anticipated ... A meditation on patience and perseverance, combined with humour (and an utterly charming cat), this title has lots of patterning and repetition and will make a great choice for storytime."-- Provided by publisher.


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One day, when a boy sees his dad cut an avocado in half, he decides to plant the fruit's seed and grow it avocado tree! One glass of water, two careful hands, and three pointy toothpicks later, it's time to wait...and wait...and wait...for it to grow.

At long last, the boy and his faithful pet cat see one root, two roots, three roots emerge! Three scoops of soil, three sprinkles of water, and a lot more waiting...lead to one sturdy stem, two clapping hands, and three grateful cheers. The avocado tree starts to appear! One, two, and three years later, the tree grows taller still.

This charming story is told with lots of rhythm and repetition, paired with playful illustrations full of funny details about the trials of coaxing a seed into a plant. Readers will come away with a sense that the struggle to be patient and stick it out can be worthwhile, even when a result seems impossible.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this quiet story told in threes about being observant, patient, and thankful for small gifts, a child prepares an avocado seed to germinate, using "One glass of water. Two careful hands. Three pointy toothpicks." As soon as he sees "One root! Two roots! Three roots!" he transfers it to a pot. Sookocheff's spare, white, cream, and gray illustrations make the pot a focal point, emphasizing the boy's anticipation and frustration at the tree's slow growth. After the boy grumpily declares: "I... give... up!", a stem breaks through. Sweetly, as the boy plants the avocado seed in the soil, he offers "three magic words: 'I love you.''" Dunklee captures the special joy of seeing a personal project come to fruition. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.