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Charming Miss Maple is on a mission. All summer long she looks for orphan seeds that failed to germinate during the spring planting. When she and her entourage of birds find the seeds, they transport them to her cozy home in a maple tree.

There she becomes intimately acquainted with the seeds, telling them, “Take care, little ones, for the world is big and you are small.” On field trips, she teaches them what it means to be a seed. When spring comes, she sends the seeds out into the world with this comforting message, “Never forget that even the grandest of trees once had to grow up from the smallest of seeds.”

In this children’s picture book, Wheeler’s gentle, earth-toned illustrations and winsome narrative capture the uniqueness of all four seasons and the built-in potential of each seed. (Nancy Paulsen Books)

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