Grace’s Mystery Seed
Juliet M Sampson
Ford Street, 2019
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Mrs Marino’s beautiful garden fascinates Grace and while she likes the veggie patch and the fish pond, it is the flowerbeds she loves best. And her favourite job is feeding the parrots their seeds, so when she comments that Polly likes a particular sort of seed and wonders what it is, Mrs Marino helps her investigate. Firstly, she teaches Grace how to plant the seed properly and then helps her tend it till it grows. But what sort of seed has she planted and what is the unique magic the particular species has?
Growing things always fascinates young people and this is a delightful story that will encourage them to try planting some seeds for themselves. The success of school kitchen gardens where students plant, nourish, harvest and eat the produce has been well-documented so any stories like this one that inspire them to go outside and get their hands dirty has got to be good. There are teachers’ notes to assist both teacher and parent but the wonder of watching something grow is reward in itself. The science side of things is obvious, but then there is always this to start a whole new exploration…