In gentle rhyme, It Starts with a Seed evocatively explores the growth of a tiny sycamore seed.
Taking a journey through the seasons and years, we follow the seed as it transforms from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by well-loved woodland creatures – squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls – who make it their home. Beautiful and evocative, It Starts with a Seed is a factual story that will touch children with its simple but enchanting message of life and growth.
Beautifully presented, It Starts with a Seed has a gold embossed front cover, gatefolds, textured paper and specialised etching technique, hand made by the illustrator throughout.It Starts with a Seed was the winner of the inaugural Margaret Mallett Award for Children's Non-Fiction.
Laura Knowles has degrees in Publishing and Classical Studies. Her love of natural history, words and art have drawn her to work on books about animals and nature.
Jennie Webber is a London-based visual artist and printmaker. Her etchings and drawings celebrate the diversity and complexity of nature, reflecting her incurable curiosity for the world. Themes of conservation underpin all her work; the idea being that if people are amazed by the natural world, then they will be less likely to destroy it.
A book that explores the cycle of nature and the diversity of wildlife found in, around and under a tree. Each double page spread contains words on one side and an illustration of the tree on the other; it is printed on off-white paper with lots of space that allows the concept of growth to come across as the reader progresses through the book. The story of the tree is told in a rhyme and the book concludes in a pull-out page showing the huge old tree in all its glory with branches reaching wide and roots spread out underground.