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