Read October 9 to November 6, 2007 in Jennifer’s Reading Club The story of Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman is made up of several short, interesting, and easy to read biographies. We get to know the neighbors that live in an urban apartment building in Cleveland, Ohio. One member of our reading group described the story as an American immigrant quilt. Each patch gives the reader a snapshot of childhood and adulthood immigrant experiences and city life in America. The neighbors are various ages and come from different cultural backgrounds. The community garden that the neighbors help create and protect, brings these separate, sometimes lonely individuals, together as real neighbors. Their garden brings out a reason to talk and to show kindness, helpfulness, happiness, friendliness, and understanding. Stereotypes slowly disappear and are replaced with the shared wisdom of each other’s wordly experiences. From their community garden, these neighbors harvest more than just fruits, flowers, and vegetables – they harvest feelings of community and friendship. Our group highly recommends this wonderful story!
Kiran’s note: readers might enjoy other books by this popular author! Search for them on the library catalog: www.aclibrary.org