Wednesday, September 4, 2019

And Then the Seed Grew by Marianne Dubuc (Picture Book Review)

We received a free temporary ecopy of this picture book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

And Then the Seed Grew
by Marianne Dubuc
Published by Kids Can Press
on September 4, 2018
Genre: Children's, Picture Book
Length: 32 pages
Ages: 3 - 7 years

In an ordinary garden full of flowers and plants, little Jack and Mr. Gnome live above the ground, while Yvonne the mole, the Field Mouse family, Paulie the earthworm, and Colette the ant live below the ground. Everybody is happy in the garden. Until one day, a new seed arrives, which soon sprouts into a plant. As the plant begins to grow, its stalk and leaves get in the way of those aboveground, and its roots disrupt the homes and passageways of those underground. Before long, the plant has gotten so large, it has become a huge problem for the garden's residents. So the friends decide they must chop it down. Unless... wait! What's that growing on the plant?

Our Thoughts:


Life is pleasant in the garden for Mr. Gnome and the critters and insects that live both above and below ground until a seed falls from the sky and starts growing right into their homes! Yvonne the mole and the Field Mouse family try to patch up their ceilings, and the ants try to go around, but when the plant continues to grow both above and below, they all know something must be done!


This is the story of a community coming together to solve a serious problem that affects them all! It's all about unity and compassion, staying positive and making the best out of a bad situation.  

We were first introduced to author/illustrator Marianne Dubuc through her picture books, Mr. Postmouse's Rounds and Mr. Postmouse Takes A Trip, which we adored. I couldn't pass up another one of her books, especially seeing that it is garden related! 

In And Then the Seed Grew, each spread shows both the above-ground and below-ground dwellings (sort of like looking at an ant farm!) with lots of details to show the animals lives and habits. Each time the seed grew, we could see how it affected Mr. Gnome, his neighbors, and their homes. 


We really love Dubuc's unique storytelling and illustrating style. There's always something new to notice on every page!

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