Posted by: beyonddinner | December 10, 2008


My good friend Ellen mentioned a children’s novel to me over lunch last week – Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman. I picked it up from the library and read it that evening (it’s only 69 pages). What a lovely story of an urban community garden that starts from one little girl planting a few lima beans in a vacant lot to honor and find connection with her dead father. The story is told in short vignettes by different people who come to the garden and find something they were missing, almost the least of which is community. The effort really swells to something significant and I love how the story reveals the ups and the downs of this challenged urban neighborhood – yet so much good comes out anyway.



  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this lovely book. I love that it’s hopeful and real at the same time.

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