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THE BIG SEED by Ellen Howard


by Ellen Howard & illustrated by Lillian Hoban

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-73956-5
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 Bess, smallest in her class, is constantly being shoved out of the way or left till last. When she chooses a seed to plant in a milk carton, she picks a big one; she's not sure what it is, but remembers small yellow flowers on the packet--``Marigolds?'' suggests nice stepfather Charlie, the only person who seems to listen to Bess. The plant outgrows all others at school; once home and outdoors, it really takes off, but again no one listens to Bess until nearly fall, when Charlie finally identifies the giant: a sunflower. And Bess, too has grown, as Mother points out--``Why,'re not too small...You are our own dear Bess.'' A warm, nicely shaped story about self-acceptance. Hoban's cozy, cartoon-style illustrations are just right. (Picture book. 4-7)