By Jane Buchanan; illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb
32 pages, ages 4-8
Peachtree Publisher, 2012
What happens when an old man gives a girl magic seeds? Well, if it’s the old man who feeds pigeons in the park, and the seeds are black-oil sunnies, you can be pretty sure that she’s not going to plant a garden. Especially in the cement-bound city. But it’s a garden that Rose wants. When she closes her eyes she sees “blue lupines, red geraniums, yellow sunflowers, like in her library books.”
Put these seeds outside your window, the birdman says. You’ll grow a garden. So Rose does; she knows that magic seeds can grow anywhere. But the garden she gets is full of feathers, not petals.
Themes: kindness, friendship, trusting in a dream
Beyond the book: Toss some bird seeds on your windowsill, grab your trusty field guide and see who comes to visit. OR pull some old wool socks on over your shoes and walk through a garden or weedy patch to see what sorts of seeds the wild flowers have produced.