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Title: Seedlings: Fables from the Forest
Author: C D Baker (The link takes to the author’s Wikipedia page)
Category: Children’s Book (Recommended for ages 4 – 8)
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My thanks to the author for the review copy of the book.
Will you be surprised if a 5-year old can name the make of your mobile and laptop?
Will you be surprised if the 5-year old can name the tree at the front of your house?
You probably will!
Such is the world of children today!
As a matter of fact, that is how the world of parents’ too is! It is getting easier and natural to grow our children among gadgets while nature is held a stranger to their worlds. Seedlings is a beautiful collection of fables for children that shall bring nature to their laps.
What is Seedlings about?
It is the story of the trees! If we were one among the trees, how would our lives been? Seedlings will take your children to an imaginative life of the trees. Trees eat, drink, sleep and share as much as we do. They interact and make friendship with their fellow trees as well. They age and learn values just like we do.
Author C D Baker has brought out the essence of life’s greatest virtues in the form of five beautifully written fables from the forest. Each story emphasizes one of these:
And each story highlights a Biblical verse!
What can it do to your children?
I wonder how many children know that trees have life – that they are living beings too. Most children identify trees and plants as ‘things’ rather than ‘beings’. Seedlings will tell them the truth; that trees are full of life! The next time they see a tree, they will imagine its life. What could be its name? Or probably they might assign a new name to a tree in their house. They might wonder what the tree is thinking now and who could be her friends. They will think twice before they crush a flower or tear a leaf because now they know there is life in them too.
They will learn the values of gratitude, sharing and caring through the fables. What we sow in them during their early years is what will get reaped when they become big. Seedlings shall help us to sow right!
The book is of quite a big size, close to a long-sized note-book. Comic sans font makes the narrations interesting. The words are dark and bold making an easy read for children. And colourful! Amazingly designed pictures accompany the stories. They make the fables alive right in front of our eyes.
At the end of each story the author has added an activity page. Questions pertaining to the story just read are put up on this page. It tests what children understood from the story, how they relate with their lives and what they think about the characters. There is also spaces for kids to draw pictures of their creations.
Don’t think twice.
It is definitely a worthy addition to your childrens’ library!
This review is also posted at my Book Reviews Blog
About the Author
The descendant of early German and Scottish immigrants to Pennsylvania, Baker’s family tree is an assortment of Mennonite, Reformed, and Presbyterian families including Adam Neff–the flag bearer who stood by Zwingli as he died during the battle of Kappel, William Rittenhouse–the first American paper maker, and William Penn’s Dutch grandmother. Twenty of his ancestors served in Pennsylvania militias during the American Revolution.
The father of two sons, Baker lives on a small farm with his wife, Sue. Together they raise livestock with an interest in natural/organic methods and a passion for humane treatment. Failure has been part of his life as well. It has been these deep valleys that have led David to the well of Grace from which the essence of his writing is drawn.
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