I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
A beautifully illustrated story about an unlucky seed. From the red poppy, the sunflower, the tulip to the lotus – seeds and flowers have long symbolised hope and resilience in many cultures.
This story echoes the thoughts and emotions that we have all had when things go wrong – ‘why me?’, ‘was I bad?’, ‘did I deserve this?’. It expresses the emotions felt by children as they experience setbacks. More importantly, the story is about resilience, hope and perseverance.
For any child, or anyone, who is going through a tough time.
The Unlucky Seed is a simple story with a much deeper meaning and sense of hope.
Written on the child’s level of understanding, The Unlucky Seed revolves around, indirectly, the widely known verse “God works all things together for good..”*. It illustrates through it’s simple story how the bad things that happen aren’t intentionally afflicted upon us, and that in the end “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”**.
The pages illustrate the words perfectly and the story flows easy and fast. There aren’t a whole lot of vocabulary words to be learned but there are some when regarding plant growth.
So overall, I give The Unlucky Seed, 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to children under 8 or 9 years old.
*Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (ESV)
**Quoted from Kelly Clarkson’s song, Stronger.