by Taltal Levi
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 28 Nov 2023
NorthSouth Books Inc., NorthSouth Books
Ellie is sulking—she celebrated her birthday yesterday under the old avocado tree. But she’s not even a little bit taller today! Dad tells Ellie a secret. She is like the pit of an avocado, he explains, small and full of magic. Together they put an avocado seed in a glass of water by the window and watch as both Ellie and her avocado plant grow, take root, and eventually bring new life.
In Taltal Levi’s native country Israel, avocados are ubiquitous and plucked straight from the tree. In her third book, Taltal Levi uses warm, earthy colors to tell a personal yet universal story about the magic of growth.
Includes instructions for growing your own avocado tree!
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Average rating from 150 members
It’s not everyday that a book makes me cry. This is one of them. I was initially drawn to the illustrations, which are beautiful, and the fact that it’s about avocados, my favorite. But the story is what really hooked me. It’s about a little girl named Ellie, who is impatient to grow. Through growing her own avocado plant she learns patience. I definitely just pre-ordered it as I need it to be a part of my library. Thanks to netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If one can be patient, the magic in themselves shall blossom sooner or later...
Love and hugs and hearts and avocados spill out of the book! There is even a recipe how one can grow their own avocado tree.
"The details in words and pictures made me feel like I could jump into the story!" Leona Claire
When asked about the illustrations, Leona Claire gave a solid 10 out of 10! "She (Taltal Levi) used the body's simplest form to make Ellie look real. With just one line in her eyebrows Ellie looked mad or happy and her crossed arms showed her disappointment."
When Ellie was frustrated, her dad felt Ellie and the avocado seed needed cheering up. She used puppets, played the saxophone, danced, and tried magic!
Other likes: The rhyme her dad repeated in the story, the magic stirring, and the avocado seed pictures.