Project Description

Seed Magic

Seed Magic

by Jane Buchanan
illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb

A gift from the crazy old Birdman shows Rose that even in the barren, gray city, there are ways to make a beautiful garden.

Rose and her brothers mock crazy old Birdman, who sits in his wheelchair all day feeding seeds to the pigeons. The birdman says pigeons are beautiful, but Rose dreams of gardens full of red and yellow and blue flowers, like the ones she sees in her library books.

One day, Birdman fills Rose’s hands with slick, black seeds. He tells her they are magic – if she plants them outside her window they will grow a garden. Her brothers don’t believe, but Rose sets the seeds out and waits. Soon, like Birdman promised, a garden appears before her eyes – a musical flurry of red and yellow and blue, drawn to Rose’s window by seed magic.

Hardcover: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-622-2
Total Pages: 32
Size: 9 1/2 x 11
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 150121
AR Reading Level: 1.4
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: M
F&P Grade: 2


“…The book provides a special teaching that is to never underestimate the people around you and their ability to contribute positive experiences. Swirling acrylics beam with bright colors on the sprightly pages.” ―Picture Book Reviews blog

“…The flash of wings is a beautiful and colorful sight as the illustrations use bright vivid acrylic paint and broad brushstrokes to portray the color and motion.” ―IRA Reading Today online

“…With a minimum of words, characters become real, and the grimy city becomes a place of hope. Strong acrylic colors and loose, broad brushstrokes reverberate with the rhythm and hope heard in the text. Together with brevity of words and motion and vibrancy of rhythm and color, the text and paintings create an unexpected joie de vivre. This is a must-buy for all libraries.” ―School Library Journal online newsletter

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“…This book celebrates nature in an urban setting and the sharing of beauty. Thanks to the rhythm of its writing, it’s a great read-aloud as well…” ―Waking Brain Cells blog

“The short, simple, and beautiful text is a perfect match for the vivid colors, painted with wide, wonderful strokes.” ―The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art blog

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Meet the Author

Jane Buchanan holds degrees from Greenfield Community College, Simmons College, and Vermont College. She lives in western Massachusetts, where she works at her hometown library. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Charlotte Riley-Webb earned a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art. Her paintings have appeared in more than twenty-five major exhibitions worldwide. She has illustrated a number of books, including Around Our Way On Neighbor’s Day and Rent Party Jazz. You can visit her website here.