A beautifully illustrated story that explores how the tiniest creatures prepare for chilly months.
As he gathers food for the winter, Anxious Ant disturbs the garden peace. But Little Spider has a better idea—Seed Magic! She shows Anxious Ant how to grow a giant spring feast, so he won’t need to work so hard next year. Seen through the eyes of the creatures preparing for winter, this kind-hearted tale of coping with the seasons, with its engaging language, will take you on a fascinating journey into the miniature natural world.
Seed Magic has been awarded a Kirkus Star. “McKinnon’s ecologically minded tale unfolds with a gentleness that’s in perfect harmony with her lesson. Tolland’s beautiful illustrations do not anthropomorphize her characters but invest them with personality nonetheless; Little Spider’s garden is indeed a lovely one. Sublime.” —Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)
“A gentle tale of friendship combined with information on the life cycle of plants. Useful for teaching environmental lessons to early elementary schoolers.” —School Library Journal (U.S.)
“This fun picture book features delightful characters, an engaging story and themes of teamwork, problem solving and friendship. … This would make a wonderful teaching tool for children learning about nature, seasons and gardening.” —Reading Time (Australia)
“Seed Magic is suitable for Junior Primary Science classes observing plants and their life cycles.” —ReadPlus (Australia)
Natalie McKinnon is an early childhood educator with over twenty years’ teaching experience in Australia. Natalie also presents environmental workshops for pre-school and elementary audiences. Her workshops encourage children to understand where real food comes from and to develop an understanding of the relationship between their health and the environment.
Margaret Tolland is an artist from New Zealand, whose illustrations are packed with detail. Through her work, get closer to the habitats and lifestyles of the many species, both flora and fauna, that she explores with an eye on environmental education. With twenty years’ experience in visual arts education and working in a gallery, Margaret now illustrates full-time. Although she had a fear of spiders, after painting them in detail, she now appreciates how amazing they are.
Age Range: 5-8
Juvenile Fiction / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
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