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Seedfolks Audiobook

Seedfolks

Thirteen lives. One garden. Set in Cleveland, Newbery-Award-winning author Paul Fleischman's poignant book is a large lesson in connectedness and community for all. When a derelict vacant lot is gradually transformed into a community garden in inner city Cleveland, the people of this community find their differences are less apparent and their isolation dissolved. Performed by thirteen multicuturally and age-authentic voices, this audiobook is designed for listeners of all ages.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen lives. One garden. Set in Cleveland, Newbery-Award-winning author Paul Fleischman's poignant book is a large lesson in connectedness and community for all. When a derelict vacant lot is gradually transformed into a community garden in inner city Cleveland, the people of this community find their differences are less apparent and their isolation dissolved. Performed by thirteen multicuturally and age-authentic voices, this audiobook is designed for listeners of all ages.

©1997 Paul Fleischman; (P)2003 Audio Bookshelf

What the Critics Say

"Fleischman's talent for writing stories from various points of view makes his works particularly appealing in audiobook form. Here, 13 different characters come alive via the distinct performances of a widely varied cast. The range of voices and styles suggests a true community." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alan K. 03-29-16
    Alan K. 03-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fresh Air In The Current Smog of Hate And Fear"

    I know it a children's book but has a message. In a time full of so much hate and ugliness this short story is a great reminder that things can be different . If you are weary of all the insanity take a break and listen.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rina Riverview, FL, USA 10-12-09
    Rina Riverview, FL, USA 10-12-09
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    "Excellent to listen"

    THis audio book was even beter than the book. My students were able to listen to the different accents and understand the characters better. I LOVED it

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Chris SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Chris SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-19-11
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    "What a wonderful little book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and no, This book is technically for the children's market. Even though a 4th grader could probably read the content just fine, I don't think the content is appropriate until after 7th grade.
    I actually think adults will love it more than kids.


    What other book might you compare Seedfolks to and why?

    I've never read anything else like it before.


    Who was the most memorable character of Seedfolks and why?

    So many of the characters are incredibly powerful, but I love Leona.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually use this book as part of my curriculum for adults who are in a literacy class. They love the story! I love the story! It is such a simple tale, but it is so rich and full of all kinds of insight into society, immigration, history, and the human condition

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 03-29-16
    Claudia 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Gem"
    What did you love best about Seedfolks?

    How a small space brought neighbors together and unite them.


    What other book might you compare Seedfolks to and why?

    I don't have any to compare too.


    What does Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed the accents. really brought them to life.


    Any additional comments?

    The author brought out the struggles and feelings in so many lives in a short story and gave hope in a struggling word.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cate 12-19-12
    Cate 12-19-12
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book (especially for young teens) to learn more about other cultures in an interesting and compelling way.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Glendale, AZ, United States 03-30-16
    Mike Glendale, AZ, United States 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A nice story, relevant for the gardener in all of"

    us. We all need to feel connected, this story helps to grow relationships in a rundown area.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    2co St. Louis 03-13-13
    2co St. Louis 03-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "for 6th class"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, i would. i like that different accents and you easily it is to imaginge the characters in a film. if you are a kid who doesn't like to read much, the audiobook takes this to the level where any kid can fully understand the plot. you can see the lighbulbs going on all the time.


    Would you recommend Seedfolks to your friends? Why or why not?

    age appropiate


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    smile [like in 'nice story...']


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    PLCC 04-28-16
    PLCC 04-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful!"

    What a great little book! Narration makes it so very personal. If you have ever wanted a sense of community, here is the makings.
    Must listen for anyone who hopes to bring others together in community.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mindy Coeur dAlene, ID, United States 04-24-16
    Mindy Coeur dAlene, ID, United States 04-24-16 Member Since 2012

    Global citizen. Loves reading, but most of all traveling. If I cannot travel today, let me sit in sunshine and nature with a good book!

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    "Great!"

    I just loved this sweet story and all the voices! What a community! I will start any audiobook newbies on this little gem and definitely will listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 04-23-16
    Susan 04-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Earth Day Gift"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Seedfolks to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the voices in their different accents make this delightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is realistic, but focuses on hopefulness. I real pick-me-up. Not just for children at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening on the way to the metro, not realizing until I was greeted with a packet of seeds from the Dept. of Agriculture that today was Earth Day! What a super story to listen to on Earth Day. It makes you want to see the best in all living things - people as well as plants, and maybe find your better self as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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