by Aiko Ikegami
When a mysterious stranger carrying a bag of seeds comes to town, magical things start to happen. After Seed Man plants the seeds, a wonderful tree grows, bearing special "fruit" such as toys, musical instruments, and even a puppy! With assistance from some helpful fairies, Seed Man's gifts are delivered all over town. Each gift perfectly suited to its recipient. And even if someone didn't know they needed a special gift, Seed Man and the fairies knew. But not all the gifts are welcome at first, especially to someone whose heart has been broken.
- Dewey: [E]
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585363797): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018
- PDF (9781534122949): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018
- Hosted ebook (9781534123113): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018
- Subject: Language Arts
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Lexile® Measure: 370
- Guided Reading Level: I
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending
- JUVENILE FICTION / General (JUV000000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings (JUV039050)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship (JUV039060)
School Library Journal - Seed Man
Reviewed on 1 July 2018
Seed Man, a Santa–type character but without the portly build, plants toy-producing trees with the help of vibrant, cherubic fairies. These fairies deliver the gifts to sleeping recipients of all ages. Seed Man, however, fades into the background as the story turns to focus on an elderly gentleman, saddened by the loss of a woman and child. One night the fairies deliver to him a puppy reminiscent of Tad Hill’s lovable Rocket, but more energetic and mischievous. Suddenly, the man has a reason to nurture another creature and pulls back the veil of his grief. Shortly thereafter, Seed Man determines that he is ready to pass the torch and his successor is right in front of him. The subtle climax feels honest and is a perfect example of how the arc of a story needn’t give one whiplash. Ikegami’s style, soft yet luscious watercolor and ink work, gives a dreamlike quality to the spare story. Each word is carefully selected and meaningful, with a hint of humor. There is no fat to trim here. She deftly transitions between spreads with a great deal of white space and others with sky blue, steely gray, and mauve backgrounds. Punches of color appear throughout in the fairies’ clothing, in the toys and in nature. Seed Man has all of the appeal to win the heart of preschoolers who are willing to look closely. VERDICT A quiet, magical tale that sparks the imagination.
Author, Illustrator: Aiko Ikegami
Aiko Ikegami was born in Tokyo, Japan. From a young age she has loved drawing, painting, and creating stories. She studied child education in Japan, and in 1993 she came to the United States, where she studied psychology and pharmacology. After receiving a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Texas and working as a neuropharmacologist, she decided to follow her heart, and began making picture books. She now happily lives in Ohio where she paints and draws every day. Learn more about Aiko and her work at aikoikegami.com.