Reference: Nelson, K. (2015). If you plant a seed. New York: Balzer & Bray.
Brief Annotation: If you plant a seed is a story about a rabbit and a mouse. They are growing vegatables in a garden and other animals find out that they are growing vegatables and want to eat some as well. rabbit and mouse are not too happy about sharing with the other animals at first. But they do end up sharing and then the animals help rabbit and mouse grow an even bigger garden for everyone to enjoy.
Grade Level: Kindergarten- 1
Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy stories with animals as the main characters will like this book, as well as students who prefer more pictures rather then words. Students who have their own garden will also like this book because it explains how much hard work goes into a garden but how rewarding it is to do.
Rating/Response 1-5: 4, I really like the message behind the book. That selfishness is messy and causes trouble, that when you display kindess toward others great things happen. Also if you take care of others they will take care of you as well. Great lessons in this book especially if students are having a hard time sharing with others and being kind to each other.
Text Dependent Question: If you plant a seed of selfishness what does it grow into?