Review and Giveaway of Porcupine’s Seeds

I’m happy to welcome The World of Ink Tours to Stories a la Mode. This blog tour is sponsored by Stories for Children Magazine and its publisher, V. S. Grenier.

Viji K. Chary’s colorful picture book, Porcupine’s Seeds, begins with Porcupine admiring the soft grass, juicy apricots, and soothing fountain of Raccoon’s garden.

The illustrator, Bridget McKenna, has almost animated the exuberant Porcupine and the cheerful garden with its flowing vines and nodding flowers. The sweet little miss Raccoon could almost be offering the reader a glass of lemonade.

The beauty of Raccoon’s sunflowers makes Porcupine wish he too could grow sunflowers.

The problem is that in the past his plants have all died. People say he has a “brown thumb.” That’s a funny way of saying he doesn’t have the ability to grow plants.

But Raccoon encourages Porcupine to give it another try, and she gives him some seeds. She says, “All they need is soil, sun, and water.”

Porcupine memorizes that phrase and repeats it throughout the book. That is the kind of phrase little kids quickly learn and love to repeat when the story is read to them. Young readers will also recognize the refrain and enjoy the repetition.

Back home, Porcupine prepares to become an expert gardener.

But all doesn’t go smoothly for Porcupine. After overcoming one set of problems through his determination, Porcupine succeeds in planting the five seeds in a pot of nice soil. For several days, he gives them water and the sky is full of sunlight.

Now Porcupine thinks, maybe there is more sunlight on the other side of the house. While moving the pot, he trips and drops the pot and everything scatters.

Porcupine is so sad he takes to his bed.

But wait! Did he give the seeds all the soil, sun, and water they needed? Are they hiding in the ground doing what little seeds do? Are they growing and will they sprout up the next day? And if so, will Porcupine water the sprouts and tend them while the sun beams down on them?

You’re right! Porcupine was rewarded for his hard work with bright yellow sunflowers with centers full of brown seeds and standing on graceful green stems. His flowers were so beautiful that when his friend Skunk admired them, Porcupine said proudly, “All it took was soil, sun, and water.”

(But we know it also took hard work, determination, and encouragement from a friend).


Don’t forget to leave a comment with your email address or url so I can put your name in the hat for a drawing of this book.

About the Author: 

Viji K. Chary was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the age of two. Her passion for writing stories began in elementary school and has evolved from coaching children in various activities; including gymnastics, classroom activities and creative competitions. Her stories have been published in Highlights for Children, Ladybug Magazine, Hopscotch for Girls and many more.

Porcupine’s Seeds was published by 4RV Publishing. Viji says of her editor, “The editor Vivian Zabel is very thorough in printing an excellent product.”

The book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

You can find out more about Viji K. Chary’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

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I was provided with a copy of this book for my honest and freely given opinion. It’s delightful.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Stewart
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 06:53:58

    What a lovely book and review. The more I see of this book the more I like it. Kids will adoreit!

    Thanks, Ladies!


  2. Diane Kress Hower
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 08:54:09

    This sounds like a sweet story, and the illustrations are very inviting. It would be a great match for teachers who have their kids planting seeds in the classroom. I will look for it in print.


  3. Mirka Breen
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:47:27

    Love to have my name in that hat. The book sounds poetic and delightful.


  4. susan Hornbach
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 12:58:20

    It sounds like a lovely story, and the illustrations sound wonderful. Wishing you great success Viji. Thanks for sharing this review with all of us.


  5. donnamcdine
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 20:01:18

    Terrific review and thanks for introducing this author. Sounds like a must have book for home and school!


  6. barbarabockman
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 11:47:49

    Many thanks to Nancy, Diane, Mirka, Susan, and Donna.

    Diane, you are so right about this being perfect for teachers to use with their students who are planting seeds. I’ve never seen a kid whose seed sprouted in a little paper cup who wasn’t absolutely thrilled.

    Viji, you’ve done a great job and it was a pleasure having you and your book on my blog.


  7. evelynchristensen
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 23:36:57

    I enjoyed hearing about Viji’s story. It sounds like a good one to encourage them to be persistent and also to help them know about planting seeds. Thanks for sharing, Barbara.


  8. Carole M. Di Tosti (@mercedeskat45)
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 16:27:51

    Love the name of the book. Intriguing. Thanks for sharing. I think kids would love it.


  9. barbarabockman
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 00:36:32

    Hi Carole. Yes, the name is a good hook. Who would expect a porcupine to have seeds?


  10. tinamcho
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 01:21:37

    Sounds like a fun story. I love growing sunflowers and did that with my kindergartners.


  11. vijikc
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 17:19:39

    Thank you everyone for your comments. Thank you for having me here, Barbara.


  12. barbarabockman
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:33:44

    Hi Viji,
    As you can see, everyone is impressed by your book. Eight people left comments and I drew Donna McDine’s name out of the hat. So I will send her an ecopy of Procupine’s Seeds.


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