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The Seeds of Friendship

by Michael Foreman

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Adam was tired of seeing the same boring city everyday. He was also tired of not having friends to play with. This is a cuter story of how Adam slowly became friends with the kids in his neighborhood and how together they built amazing gardens all over to help the city not look so gray and boring anymore. ( )
  S.Hackett | Oct 10, 2017 |
In the book "The Seeds of Friendship" a boy moves into a city that he finds is not very pretty but very lonely. He sees that there are kids his age that he can play with but he is too shy to talk to them. Once he starts talking to them he becomes friends with them and he maintains the friendship when school starts. He is given seeds from his teacher which he and his friends decide to plant all over the city. His city is now beautiful and green and not gray anymore. This book would be great to read to students on the first day of school to help make new friends. ( )
  eburlette | Aug 24, 2017 |
Adam loves his new home in a high rise in the city, but he also misses his old home, and is a little shy of the new children who play near his building. When he sees them building a snowman after a storm, he joins them, and eventually they create an entire zoo out of snow. These new friends ease his transition in his new school, and join him when begins to plant seeds, given to him by his teacher, all over the city...

Part immigrant story - although the narrative never makes it explicit, it is clear from the animals Adam draws that his family come from Africa - and part urban garden story, The Seeds of Friendship is an engaging tale of a boy slowly adjusting to his new home and country. Although I was a little thrown off by the rapidity with which the seasons change in the story - in a matter of days (according to the text), the snowstorm disappears and a summer-time garden is growing - otherwise I found this a believable and poignant story of the immigrant experience, and of making friendships across cultural and national lines. Michael Foreman's watercolor artwork is lovely and engaging, complementing the story nicely. Recommended to anyone looking for positive, upbeat stories about immigrant children, or about making urban spaces greener. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 21, 2017 |
Summary: A young boy moves to a new town and feels alone and scared. At his first day of school his teacher gives him seeds to plant. The garden grows and grows and so does the boys perspective of his new place. Suddenly the outside doesn't seem so lonely and dark.

Age: Primary

Critique of Genre: This book is contemporary realistic fiction because the character deals with very real and common problems of self doubt.

Art Media: Watercolor ( )
  sbyington16 | Apr 2, 2017 |
"The Seeds of Friendship" is about a little boy named Adam who has recently just moved to a new country. He reminicies with his parents about their homeland which makes him draw a lot of animals and features from his country. One day, it started to snow and Adam got the courage to make snow animals with the neighborhood kids. Afterwards, Adam starts school for the first time and discovers a small garden he loves at school. As he gardens more and more, he, along with his new friends, eventually turn the rooftop on his apartment building into a beautiful garden. Eventually, Adam's city becomes filled more and more with gardens and he no longer sees the world as "gray." Overall, this book was very nice to read. It shows the reality of how hard it is to adjust to a new country and home, but also shows how someone can take charge of their life and do what makes them happy despite everything. I would read this to my own students because I want to show them the realities that some children go through and that they can turn a situation into a positive one by doing what makes them happy, like Adam did. ( )
  goreyes | Oct 13, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763678341, Hardcover)

How can Adam bring the green warmth of home to his new urban world? An inspiring fable from Michael Foreman about making friendship grow.

Adam feels alone in the strange new city. He misses his old friends and the colors of his faraway home. It’s fun to build snow animals with children in his new neighborhood, but Adam’s concrete surroundings still make him wish for something more. So when a teacher gives him a few seeds, it plants an idea in him—an idea that could transform his gray world forever.

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:25:36 -0400)

Adam, an immigrant boy in a big city, is lonely until he see snow for the first time and starts to play with the neighborhood children, but when he starts school he gets some seeds and begins to plant them with help from his new friends.

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