The Marvelous Mustard Seed Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Unbeknownst to me, this is a religious parable. The story is about being patient and growing a mustard seed into a tree. In real life mustard grows to bushes. That threw me off a bit while reading this book. Over all the story is fine, but not for me. " said.

"The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy-Jill Levine; and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is a wonderful book about the mighty mustard seed. It contains colorful pictures that children will enjoy. I read this book to my students prior to a discussion of God's mighty hand and His protection. My students enjoyed the story. 

The story takes the reader through the process of growing a mustard seed from planting it, then the roots, then growing, then it finally being a tree that provides shade for everyone to enjoy. The story talks about the importance of the mustard seed. This book tells the parable of the mustard seed and each stage of its growth until it becomes a huge tree providing seeds for medicines and food.

I received an ARC from Flyaway Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I give this book 5/5 stars. I plan to add this book to my classroom/ school library.
" said.

"Why we chose this book:

T is interested in the plants in our yard. He has also been asking a lot of questions about God. When I read about this publication from Flyaway Books, which uses the mustard plant to introduce the concept of God's kingdom, I requested a review copy (in case it wasn't obvious, they did provide one).

Mom's Review

Children care for a mustard plant, from seed to tree; a narrator likens the mustard plant's growth to the Kingdom of God at the conclusion of the book.

After reading The Marvelous Mustard Seed, T is super excited about growing a mustard seed. We harvested a foot-tall mustard plant from the middle of the lawn (someone needs to mow that...). His intent is that we grow a tree as large as the one in the book. The natural world component of this book has clearly made a big impact. T understands the life cycle of the mustard plant, he's interested in finding the plant outdoors, and is patiently caring for our little uprooted-and-replanted treasure. The theological aspect of this book was a bit above T's head on first reading. The authors draw on Jesus's parable of the mustard seed. The difference here is that the focus is on children participating in the growth of the plant: they plant it, water it, wait for it to grow, and finally play beneath it. The Christian connection between mustard and God's kingdom is not apparent until the end, where the narrator likens the two. This book prompted more conversations about God and Jesus and religion and what are Christians and what other ways to pray are there and and and...
And, it has us growing a mustard plant in a bucket. Bottom line: Fun book about planting, good starting point to discuss what it means to have faith in God.

Son's Review
(age 3)

Mom: What did the mustard seed turn into? How? What did it need?

Son: A tree. It grew. Water. A kid and his mommy. (pointing) This one's the kid and this one's the mommy.

Mom: I think the artist meant for both to be kids, but I can see why you might think that.

Son: The other one looks like a kid because it's little and that one looks like it's big. So I think it's the mommy.

Mom: That makes sense. That's very observant. I wanted to know if you do any planting...

Son: I do. Marigolds. Dress carefully for ticks. When you come in, do a tick check.
(We do this carefully, and it has clearly made an impact on him. Outside activity=tick warning from him.)

Mom: What was your favorite part of the book?

Son: When it grooooowwwws.

Mom: Did this book make you want to do anything?

Son: It makes me feel like I want to be in the forest.
(We had already planted our mustard plant when we did the "official" review.)

Mom: When is it a good time to read this book?

Son: When it's time to plant. Because it's about planting.

Mom: The authors wanted to teach you something wonderful about God. The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed because it starts teeny and grows into something big. What do you think that might mean about God?

Son: *long pause* God is there and you won't miss God.

Mom: Do you have an idea what the Kingdom of God is like?

Son: It's heaven. I think it's unusual. Since you can't see God. Why can't you see God?

Mom: I don't have a good answer for that.

Mom: What do you want people to know about this book?

Son: It was exciting.
" said.

" Entertaining for children.I won this book in Good reads contest! " said.

" It's beautifully illustrated and so wonderful. I really enjoyed the story and so did my nephew. I recommend it. " said.

" I won a copy of this. It's a great book to read to little ones. Nice big pages and lots of drawings. " said.

" This was a very cute book, it teaches kids no matter how small it can grow to be great! " said.

" A colourful book.illustrstions are excellent representation of the Parable of the Mustard Seed, and also the diversity of people. Tbe book lends itself to being read by a child or to children. The provision of notes at the end of the book are belpful. " said.

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