Sunday, March 2, 2014
The Giant Seed by Arthur Geisert
I have been writing promotional material for a film about SEEDS.
Seed: The Untold Story:
Great people, great cause!
As I was brainstorming seeds, I thought of children's books. I am always coming back to children's books. What better way to plant seeds of change??? So, I made a list. The Carrot Seed By Ruth Kraus, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney, and The Giant Seed, by Arthur Geisert.
Yes! Arthur Geisert! I think of Arthur as the quintessential American illustrator right now - sort of like Pete Seeger and Norman Rockwell for kids. High praise? He deserves it. Arthur Geisert creates intricate renderings of towns and farms that invite readers/viewers to explore and make their own. With funny details, multiple animals and a sense of humor, he celebrates middle America - usually without words. I recommend all his books!
The Giant Seed is a strange one - replete with forebodings of ecological disaster and change, but also a pagan to ingenuity and community. We will survive!