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Seedfolks [Reading] ➶ Seedfolks By Paul Fleischman – ALA Best Book for Young Adults ∙ School Library Journal Best Book ∙ Publishers Weekly Best Book ∙ IRACBC Children's Choice ∙ NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language ArtsA Vietnamese girl ALA Best Book for Young Adults ∙ School Library Journal Best Book ∙ Publishers Weekly Best Book ∙ IRACBC Children's Choice ∙ NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language ArtsA Vietnamese girl plants six lima beans in a Cleveland vacant lot Looking down on the immigrant filled neighborhood a Romanian woman watches suspiciously A school janitor gets involved then a Guatemalan family Then muscle bound Curtis trying to win back Lateesha Pregnant Maricela Amir from India A sense of community sprouts and spreads Newbery winning author Paul Fleischman uses thirteen speakers to bring to life a community garden's founding and first year The book's short length diverse cast and suitability for adults as well as children have led it to be used in countless one book reads in schools and in cities across the countrySeedfolks has been drawn upon to teach tolerance read in ESL classes promoted by urban gardeners and performed in schools and on stages from South Africa to BroadwayThe book's many tributaries—from the author's immigrant grandfather to his adoption of two brothers from Mexico—are detailed in his forthcoming memoir No Map Great Trip A Young Writer's Road to Page OneThe size of this slim volume belies the profound message of hope it contains  —Christian Science MonitorAnd don’t miss Joyful Noise Poems for Two Voices the Newbery Medal winning poetry collection.

10 thoughts on “Seedfolks

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    The word paradise came out of my mouth without thinking An old Romanian woman keeps a keen eye on the neighborhoodHer suspicious glance falls upon a young Vietnamese girl suatting in a vacant lot poking at the groundUpon further inspection she realizes that the young girl was planting lima bean seeds You have to have faith especially in Cleveland Soon the entire community starts to notice and the little garden begins to spread and the community will be forever changedThis book was such a delightful surprise I feel like it can be SO hard to balance so many perspectives in a single story but Fleischman managed them all beautifullyEach person was completely distinct and brought their own culture to the story Towards the end it became a smidge difficult to remember who was who mostly because each time we changed perspectives the side characters would change names ie the young Vietnamese girl was referred to Asian or other namesAll in all I was impressed and enjoyed this story immenselyAudiobook CommentsThis was narrated by a full cast and wow that was a treat to listen to So many wonderful narrators brought this book to lifeYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

  2. Rob Cannon Rob Cannon says:

    Some of you might have found that I tend to be a bit stingy with my star ratings Seedfolks is definitely worthy of 5 stars It is a very short book that you can read on your lunch break You are given glimpses of snippets of the lives of many of the inhabitants of a Cleavland town from the perspective of 13 of those people It all starts with a young Vietnamese girl who decides to surreptitiously plant a very small crop of lima beans in a bare patch of dirt in a vacant lot where people have taken to dumping their trash She does this in an effort to connect with the missed memories of her father a farmer who died before she was born Her efforts are noticed by neighbors who up until now have kept their distance from one another Soon others start planting their own little crops This simple activity brings common ground to people from various and sundry walks of life who learn that once you get to know someone however different they may be you can really grow to care about them My favorite part was of two individuals a man and a woman who became friends at the new garden The man realizes that this same woman once came into his shop and had been rude to him over a discrepancy in change from a purchase When the man dared to reveal this to her she apologized profusely stating I didn't know it was you then How much kinder would we be toward strangers if we stopped to remember that they are like us they have families hardships triumphs and are doing the best they can just like we are

  3. Melki Melki says:

    When I saw the garden for the first time so green among the dark brick buildings I thought back to my parents' Persian rug It showed climbing vines rivers and waterfalls grapes flowers singing birds everything a desert dweller might dream of The garden's green was as soothing to the eye as the deep blue of that rug I'm aware of color I manage a fabric store But the garden's greatest benefit I feel was not relief to the eyes but to make the eyes see our neighbors To honor her late father Kim plants six beans in a vacant lot Ana sees her doing this and assumes she is up to no good so she is thrilled when she finds the plants She and her neighbor Wendell help water the seedlings Soon others in the area are planting seeds One woman manages to get all the trash littering the lot hauled away The plants grow and thrive but importantly people who once ignored one another are now talking offering advice and sharing recipes Everyone has a story to tell and a reason for planting This is a simply wonderful story of how a neighborhood garden grew and a community was born

  4. Mariah Roze Mariah Roze says:

    I read this book to my students It lead to great discussions about diversity and coming together as oneKim begins the garden planting a few lima beans to connect with her father who died when she was a baby in Vietnam Then Tío Juan a farmer from Guatemala gains purpose when he teaches the neighborhood children how to plant Soon curious neighbors join in and together they grow a beautiful garden With each bean sprout and cucumber blossom the residents of Gibs Street find hope and meaning in their little green paradise

  5. Sandra Sandra says:

    This very short novella 69 pages is pure gold A community grows connections and understanding while growing a garden The many characters speaking in first person let you see how hard they find to feel part of their neighborhood but at the same time they also show their own prejudices which make difficult for others to feel integrated They also let you see how they slowly outgrow those prejudices

  6. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I like the idea of a book about a community garden that brings people together However Fleischman's book which lets his audience see people making something of themselves instead of waiting for a welfare check spoken by Florence on pg 85 is hugely problematic given that Fleischman is a white guy from California that doesn't seem to be on welfare I found his depictions of people of color to be essentializing and derogatory while the character that he admitted to crafting after himself the caucasian Sam is just about the nicest most balanced and respectable member of the Seedfolks This is the YA version of The Help A for effort If Fleischman's designs were to show the healing effects of collaboration and unplugging from technology wouldn't it have been so much better to turn Seedfolks into a collaborative effort? He could have gathered friends and asked them to write a short monologue about their family's immigration experience and the way that a community garden might have benefitted them That would be a honest and respectful representation of diverse voices in America

  7. Becky Becky says:

    I've been broken hearted by the news over and over again I'm world weary I'm conflicted on my own beliefs and I have no answers for this world and I've been in a reading rut which probably has to do a lot with the suffocating depressiveness of the last few weeks in America But this book helped me Yes I thought a few of the depictions were problematic but overall it was charming heart warming and I cried my way through most of it Brilliantly narrated on Audible it was truly a boon to my soul I cannot wait to go back out to my little garden at the farm to tenderly inspect the tomatoes and to revel in being a part of the cycle of nature A good book at exactly the right time

  8. Shelby Shelby says:

    5 StarsI had to read this book for my English class and at first I thought I was not going to like it but it turns out while I was reading I really loved this book I really love the set up of the book because it is about one garden and people come together as a community and plant vegetables I really love how it was written and broken up into each of the characters thoughts feelings background information I really like that a lot because you can feel and see what has gone in there life and why they are part of the garden This was a really really good book and I am glad that I read it

  9. Azaria Howell Azaria Howell says:

    I didn't like this book We had to read it for school and I read ahead sorry There was detail but only in certain areas The chapters were too short and they introduced a new character in every chapter with not much detail about the character I didn't like the format of the story and there are hardly any good words in this The reading level of this is about 5th 6th grade but I read at a much higher level than this so it was easy for me to read I really didn't like this book

  10. Irene Irene says:

    My daughter read this book for school in 7th grade but I'm not too keen on it It's about a very diverse neighborhood coming together in the making of a community garden Overall the intent and the message of the book are positive What troubles me is the delivery I would not call this book racist but the writing incorporates various levels of racial insensitivity or a lack of racial awarenessListed below at the end of this review are race related excerpts from the book that I believe are worth discussing or at least clarifying Each chapter is narrated in the first person by a different character and most references are in the narrator's thoughts No offense is intended in any of these references but there's a lot to unpack just in reading the words in print My concern is that the text itself does not provide enough context and without sufficient analysis young readers might come away from this book with misunderstandings about race related concepts Some of my examples might be nit picky but I think when a book is expressly written to showcase diversity when it specifically shines a spotlight on race it should go out of its way to get it right Having only 69 pages the book is of a novella I was disappointed when I realized that each character gets only one chapter so we don't see the individual stories developed The garden itself is like the main character and it's the growth of the garden that is told through the eyes of different people Aside from my concerns about race the book includes references to a number of other topics that might be worth discussing with young readers as well For example death some of the characters have family members who have died marijuana guns in schools an armed robbery that results in physical abuse and PTSD child abuse homelessness and a pregnant teenager who wishes to miscarry Most of these issues are not fleshed out mentioned only in passingAnyway here are the race related references that caught my attention Page 4 Gibb Street was mainly Rumanians back thenRumania is an alternate spelling of Romania According to Wikipedia In English the name of the country was formerly spelt Rumania or Roumania Romania became the predominant spelling around 1975Source an elderly person Ana the narrator of this chapter would be accustomed to using the spelling she grew up with Page 5 Then Negro families in the Depression According to Merriam Webster online the term Negro is dated now sometimes offensiveSource is still the narrator and again as an elderly person she might be accustomed to using the terms she grew up with In her old age she might not understand that Negro is no longer an acceptable term to use to refer to African Americans She probably does not mean to refer to African Americans in a belittling way but if she said it out loud an African American might be offended These days African American and black are appropriate words to use Some African American black people may have a preference for which term they prefer Sources 10 She gave me some binoculars and told me all about the Chinese girl Wendell the narrator of this chapter is referring to Kim who is Vietnamese He probably does not know Kim's ethnicity so he guesses Chinese He probably does not mean any harm but if he said this out loud Kim might be offended Vietnamese language and culture is different from Chinese language and culture Interchanging the two perpetuates the stereotype that all Asian cultures are the same and not worth distinguishing one from the other Instead if you don't know a person's exact Asian country of origin Asian is the appropriate word to use Page 14 He doesn't speak Spanish just an Indian language Gonzalo the narrator of this chapter is referring to his great uncle Since Gonzalo is from Guatemala he is probably not using Indian to refer to the Asian subcontinent of India Instead he means someone whose ancestry is native to a particular place There is much debate about how we should refer to these peoples Indians? American Indians? Native Americans? Indigenous? Members of these groups typically have their own preferences regarding what to call themselves Since Gonzalo is talking about his own family he is using the word he is most comfortable withSource 26 People bent over like coolies walking sometimes three or four blocks a gallon jug in each hand complaining all the time about the waterSam the narrator of this chapter studies words as a hobby so his use of coolie seems particularly unexpected According to Merriam Webster online the term coolie is usually offensive Source is probably using the word coolie to mean unskilled laborer However in America the word has derogatory connotations stemming from the xenophobic treatment of Chinese immigrants during the mid to late 1800s It's probably best not to use this word casually except in historical context especially when speaking about a group that includes AsiansSource 26 With a few exceptions the blacks on one side the whites on another the Central Americans and Asians toward the backSee the Politico source above related to Negro Using black as a noun is a subject of debate The same could probably be said for using white as a noun Saying black people and white people would be less controversial Page 36 Sae Young the narrator of this chapter is from Korea Her entire chapter is written in broken English with poor grammarThough other narrators are also immigrants this is the only chapter written in poor English It feels like the literary euivalent of the on screen Asian character having an accent This kind of representation perpetuates the other ing of Asians in America Page 43 They liked to call me 'field slave' and 'sharecropper' Ask how Massa's crops is doingThis is an example of explicit racism Young readers should understand this type of behavior is not acceptable Some may need an explanation of Massa Page 67 It had been such a wonderful change to see people making something for themselves instead of waiting for a welfare checkNot race related but the implication that people who receive welfare checks are lazy is troubling This type of classism might also be worth discussing with young readers Page 69 It was a little Oriental girl with a trowel and a plastic bag of lima beansAccording to Merriam Webster online the term Oriental is dated now usually offensiveSource with the use of Negro Florence the narrator of this chapter is an elderly person who might be accustomed to using the terms she grew up with She probably does not mean to refer to Asians in a belittling way but if she said it out loud an Asian person might be offended

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