Seedfolks

Seedfolks

Book - 1997
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One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060274719
0060274719
9780060274726
0060274727
Branch Call Number: j FLEISCHMA
Characteristics: 69 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Pedersen, Judy - Illustrator

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JCLEmilyD Feb 27, 2017

I love this book! It's about community, diversity, and gardening! Every chapter is from a different point of view all talking about a garden created on a vacant lot and how it impacted them. Wonderful read!

JCLJenP Jan 19, 2017

This book is about the ways a community garden bring the members of a neighborhood together, told by individual neighbors from diverse backgrounds as they observe or garden there.

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chickadee47
Aug 31, 2013

If you are a person of color many things in this book might rub you the wrong way. My husband had to read this for his ESL class and he was laughing at how inaccurately his country was described.

The author clearly meant well but betrays his biases through bizarre, unnecessary details. For example: cliched broken English in a thought narrative for an Asian character, a young Black man from Cleveland describing himself as a "jungle beast", not one but two pregnant Latina teens, and a white savior-esque character who voluntarily moves to a poor urban neighborhood to play peacemaker after retiring from the UN. There are some touching moments in the narratives but these issues seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

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arleenwilliams
Aug 03, 2012

A beautiful YA book for all age readers.

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missinformation
Jun 04, 2012

This book was a very enjoyable and quick read. I love to read about the life of each person who participates in this community garden. The garden not only allows people to connect to their own cultural roots but also to others in their community.

mmg2681 Jan 15, 2012

It took me an hour to read, but the book was good. Following the lives of several people in Cleveland and how they come to find a plot of land and start to plant seeds for the community garden. Great book. I enjoyed it!

mare2u Dec 20, 2011

Picked this up since it was about a Cleveland neighborhood. What a delightful surprise, especially since it is written by a Californian. Short book, quick read, really warms your heart.

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elloyd74
Jul 12, 2007

So short it's practically a pamphlet, Seedfolks manages to be an incredibly powerful, insightful book about community, stereotyping, and the suspicion with which we can regard those neighbors of ours that "aren't like us."

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Feb 08, 2010

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