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The Everything Seed: A Story of Beginnings

The Everything Seed: A Story of Beginnings

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PreS-Gr. 2. The facts of science and the wonder of myth combine in this unusual creation story that finds the universe in an acorn. In spare text that is both lyrical and friendly, the story moves from a plant's origins in a seed (something "so small, so still, so quiet") to how the universe began, also from a seed, "cradled and nourished in the rich soil of space." There's no definitive supreme being here: "No one knows where that first seed came from." But when the Everything Seed unfurls and grows into our stars and planets, the text makes poetry of science. The universe continues to expand; new seeds grow and new people are born, "waiting like the Everything Seed to shine in ways that are yet to be known." Troyer's explosive batik illustrations are poorly reproduced, blurry and off-register, but the images still capture the subject's mystery and timelessness in wild swirls of color against deep black, as the words offer a unique, cosmic view that celebrates the divine without rejecting science. Gillian Engberg
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Product Description

From a single seed cradled and nourished in the rich soil of space, comes the entire universe...and even you! The Everything Seed is a new myth for a new generation, one that explains to the youngest child where we, and the world around us, originated. This joyous celebration of the origins of life is told through captivating poetry and luminous artwork.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

• A gentle look at the Big Bang for young children.
• Wonderful baby shower gift.
• Incredible batik artwork.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

CAROLE MARTIGNACCO, poet, teacher, and grandmother, is an ordained minister serving the Unitarian Universalist Church in eastern Quebec, Canada, and Vermont. JOY TROYER taught herself batik from a book just before her fortieth birthday. Her wall-sized pieces explore themes of nature, spirituality, and social justice. Joy lives in Berkeley, California.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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