Someone put a paperback copy of this lovely book in my Little Free Library this week.

Neighbors not only take books out of the LFL in my yard, they often share books with others by putting books in.

A donation to my LFL

Paul Fleishman has delivered a big message by writing this small book. As in other books he’s written, his characters are presented by character sketches as the book progresses. “Seedfolk” is a reference to one’s ancestors, especially their first family members who came to the United States.

Community gardens are evident everywhere. Even in a town as small as Alvin, the city sponsors one, the local community college has one, a non-profit called Farm Gals has one, and several neighborhoods work their own community gardens. The story of how one vacant lot, filled with trash and garbage came to be the provider of nourishing food, and in the process friendships, is presented in this little book. It is set in Cleveland, and the gardeners are immigrants from as varied as places as the population of the neighborhood. “Thirteen different voices–old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful–tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood. Never preachy, Fleischman gets his point across: connectedness is the bottom line in getting along together in peace. The author’s note at the end is also worth reading. He tells how he came to write the book, about his own “seed folk,” and how he even grew a garden to experience the feeling of beginning with a seed, tending the plant it becomes, and harvesting the bounty from one’s efforts.

I would recommend this for anyone who can read it, possibly ages 10 and up.

Thanks Evin for the new sign-off; what a talented young lady!


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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