The tale of one little dandelion seed begins in autumn and then continues through the seasons as we follow its life journey. At first, this lone seed in The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony is afraid to let go. But the winter wind blows it away from the security of a garden.
Alone it drifts past city, sea and mountain landscapes. At times the tiny dandelion seed is lonely or frightened or in awe of the beauty in the majestic surroundings it passes. Then it finally lands and is buried in snow. When spring arrives it begins to grow until it finally flowers into the “dandelion it was meant to be.” And soon it turns into many seeds as a new cycle of life begins…with one seed afraid to let go.
Beautiful full one page or double page illustrations by Cris Arbo carry the reader along with the tiny wind-blown seed on its life adventure. In some scenes you can barely see the dandelion seed whereas in others the dandelion or even a snow flake is shown in complete detail.
How many of you have a child or watched a child blow dandelion seeds?
When a child finds a dandelion clock they seem to have an irresistible need to blow away the seeds. Here’s a children’s book which will make them pause and think about the plant they hold in their hands. And realize how, like the wind, they have become part of the nature cycle by dispersing its seeds.
After we read this book, my children wanted to know more about dandelions. We watched this time lapse of the cycle of a dandelion.
And we searched and found a field with dandelions in different stages.
And we also talked about the emotional journey this seed took. Why was it scared to leave its mother plant? How it felt small and frightened out in the big world. How it finally found its place and purpose.
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony and illustrated by Cris Carbo was published in 1997 and won a Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal Award for Children’s Picture Books.
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The tale of this dandelion seed is simple but in a way it’s mesmerizing and calming as it takes us with it through the seasons, the emotions and the role of nature in its life. So similar to our own lives. And at the end of The Dandelion Seed, the seed reassures the next seed – and us – not to be frightened but “Let go and you will see.”
Bella Vida Letty says
I don’t think I know a single person who could resist blowing. It looks like a very sweet book.
Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) says
That books sound amazeballs! Dandelion is like instant happiness scattered all over for us to enjoy =) #pocolo
It is nigh on impossible to resist blowing the seeds isn’t it? #pocolo
I’m not a huge fan of dandelions but this book looks beautiful. The illustrations are lovely.
Hopping over from the #kidlitbloghop.
Julie Grasso says
What a great book. My little G has just become enamoured with Dandelion seeds lately, so I will have to find this at our library or request it if it isn’t. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Kid Lit Blog Hop
Stephanie Faris says
Great topic for a children’s book! I remember doing that as a child. It was always so much fun.
Great photos! My daughters love dandelions. What a great book selection.
Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says
That book sounds so sweet and can I just say that the time lapse video is really cool! Although it does seem to skip a bit at one point. Thanks so much for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.