Friday, November 9, 2007

The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages

The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages, is written by Jan Karon and illustrated by Robert Gantt Steele. This 32 page story is actually a wonderfully straightforward allegory! Although this is written in prose, the language is poetic and beautiful with watercolor paintings to match.
The main characters in the story are a seed and the Nice Lady. The Nice Lady had a seed that she predicted would grow into a beautiful vine with lovely flowers. She bought a trellis for the seed to grow onto before she had even planted it.

The seed was doubtful that it could ever grow this way. After all, it was so very tiny! But then ...

"First something happened at the bottom of the little seed. It felt like a tickle. Then, something happened at the top of the little seed. It felt like a kiss."

You and your children will be blessed by reading how the doubtful seed became a beautiful vine with fragrant blossoms!

What I Like: I really love this book. It is an allegory, but it is so easy to apply. Your children will learn about hope, trust and patience. They will learn about the sovereignty of God and how He has a plan for each of our lives. You could even talk to your children about how even someone little can be mighty for the Lord.

What I Dislike: I can't find anything to dislike about this book.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: The title says that this is a book for all ages, and it is! Preschoolers and older children will appreciate the parable in the story.

Publishing Info: Viking Juvenile, 2003; ISBN: 0670892890; hardcover, $15.95

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