The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted
Illustrator: Erwin Madrid
There once was a seed Who lived in a drawer In a room of a mansion By a beautiful shore… So begins this lovely retelling of Jesus’ parable of the seed for children ages 3 and up. The Seed who Was Afraid to be Planted introduces children to a tiny seed content to remain in his safe, cozy drawer with the other seeds. Suddenly, a day comes when the gardener who lives in the mansion takes…

 “Cozy and warm, the seed felt secure … But all was not well. The seed was afraid that he would be taken and planted one day.”

For anyone who has ever struggled with fear of the unknown, The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted, written by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Erwin Madrid, is a beautiful and uplifting children’s picture storybook that would make an ideal christening, birthday or Christmas gift.

The seed enjoys his safe, small life in the blue drawer and fears a change that he knows is coming one day – planting. He is comfortable with his life and dreads having to face the outside world and the adjustment it might bring.

Based on the parable of the sower, this book illustrates what can happen when someone takes a small leap of faith and is willing to step out to achieve great things. Although the seed doesn’t exactly start out ‘willing’, he is transformed by his experience and able to acknowledge that his life is so much bigger and fuller than what it would have been if he had stayed in the blue drawer. The story also shows us the possibility for even great pain and tragedy to be turned into something beautiful.

With illustrations from Madrid that are warm and lush, the pictures create a cosy familiarity between story and reader, personifying the seed in a unique way to draw you into his story. The use of colour creates an atmosphere of glowing light in key images and leaves you with a feeling of peace. The story is written in verse so you can have fun reading the rhymes aloud and letting the rhythm of the story carry you.

This book is a great read for any children aged 3 and up – for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. While the allegory is about trusting God for a fulfilling life, it would make a fantastic gift for any young family.

Reviewed by: Lil van Wyngaard – Veritatis Publishing

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