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Miss Maple's Seeds
Contributor(s): Wheeler, Eliza (Author), Wheeler, Eliza (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0425288897     ISBN-13: 9780425288894
Publisher: Puffin Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2017

Annotation: This stunning New York Times Bestseller introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed—perfect for fans of Miss Rumphius!

What happens to seeds that don't sprout? Fortunately, they have Miss Maple to look after them. Every year, she rescues orphan seeds, taking them to her cozy maple tree house. All winter long, she nurtures them and teaches them the ways of seeds and the paths by which they might find their new homes. And come spring, she sends them off to take root out in the wide world and to sprout into the wonderful plants she knows they'll become. Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.  

Downloadable Activity Sheets available at: wheelerstudio.com/2013/04/03/miss-maples-seeds-activity-sheets/

"Completely enchanting . . . Filled with broad vistas, warm breezes, woodland creatures, and other whimsical imagery . . . With its positive message about the value of nurturing even the tiniest bit of the natural world, this book is simply wonderful."—School Library Journal

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Science & Nature - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - New Experience
Dewey: E
Age Level: 3-5
Grade Level: Preschool-K
Lexile Measure: 850 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.19" H x 10" W x 9" (0.30 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 158858
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Eliza Wheeler (www.wheelerstudio.com) grew up in northern Wisconsin in a family of teachers, musicians, and artists. Some of the strongest influences on her creativity have been the wild Wisconsin seasons, canoeing the Brule River, picking blueberries with her grandmother, and digging through the snow with her brothers. She received the SCBWI Los Angeles International Conference Portfolio Grand Prize for her artwork, and Miss Maple’s Seeds is her first picture book. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Tree-dwelling Miss Maple collects orphan seeds in summer, teaches them "about being a seed," and releases them come springtime so they can "find roots of their own." The mood is twee ("Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small"), but Wheeler is passionate and knowledgeable about her subject, as her peaceful, botanically abundant illustrations attest.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 March #1)

Confident artistry and an intuitive knowledge of what the world looks like to a very small person make a winning combination in Wheeler's debut. Miss Maple is a grandmotherly, Borrowers-sized woman who adopts "orphan seeds that got lost during the spring planting." Dressed in a big straw hat and a billowing skirt, she marshals bluebirds to collect the seeds in baskets on their backs, finds leaf boats to take the seeds on field trips "to learn about being a seed," befriends woodland animals to pass the winter days around the hearth with, then sets the seeds free from a bough high in the air: "Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small. But never forget." Careful observation of seeds (including a labeled seed chart), leaves, and plants gives the artwork substance, and Japanese woodblock–style skies that fade to sunset hues provide a wistful emotional overlay. Wheeler has clearly had a good time inventing fairy-house fixtures for Miss Maple: flower lantern boats and hollow-log houses make one yearn to escape our big, unwieldy world and inhabit hers. Ages 3–5. Agent: Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 June)

K-Gr 2—Miss Maple travels all summer looking for orphaned seeds that she can shelter and nurture until the following spring. Each one is treated like a treasured child, "all similar yet none the same." She teaches them what it means to be a seed and takes them on field trips to their natural habitats. At night, they are snuggled into cozy beds. When spring arrives, she releases them back out into the world where they can root and grow into whatever they are bound to be. Her repeated mantra, "Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small," is as comforting and encouraging as Miss Maple herself. Though the text veers a bit toward cloying, the whole is masterfully redeemed by its visual charm. A rich palette of warm greens, burnt oranges, and peacock blues dominates the spacious watercolor and ink illustrations, which are completely enchanting. With her broad straw hat, full skirts, and kind face, Miss Maple is the perfect embodiment of a caregiver, whether sweeping the tree house porch, floating downriver with her charges in a green leaf boat, or flying home atop one of her large blue birds. Each page is filled with broad vistas, warm breezes, woodland creatures, and other whimsical imagery that cannot help but welcome readers into Miss Maple's world. With its positive message about the value of nurturing even the tiniest bit of the natural world, this book is simply wonderful.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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