Saving Delicia

A Story about Small Seeds and Big Dreams

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Pub Date Apr 09 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

When the last delicia tree is in danger of extinction, a young girl creates a seed bank as a surprise for Old Otis, whose stories have inspired her.

Kari’s favorite parts of summer are eating juicy fruit from the delicia tree and listening to stories from Old Otis. But now the last remaining delicia is in danger. What if this beloved tree dies out? Is there anything one girl can do? With inspiration, information, and a pocketful of seeds, Kari sets out to craft a surprise for Otis—and for the future.

This tender story celebrates the connections between generations, emphasizing that small steps can have a big impact when one looks beyond the present. An author’s note about seed banks around the world is included.

When the last delicia tree is in danger of extinction, a young girl creates a seed bank as a surprise for Old Otis, whose stories have inspired her.

Kari’s favorite parts of summer are eating juicy...


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ISBN 9781947888449
PRICE $19.00 (USD)
PAGES 40

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This is an utterly delightful story of friendship across generations, the power of small actions and the need for environmental preservation. Kari loves sitting under the last delicia tree left with Old Otis, eating its sweet fruit and listening to his childhood stories where delicia trees abound. When Otis tells her about blight, a disease that destroyed all but one of the last delicia trees, she takes action. Together with friends, she collects and properly stores all kinds of seeds to preserve them for the future when blight was no longer a threat and they could safely be planted. While Otis might not have seen the regrowth of the delicia trees, Kari ultimately carryies on his tradition of sitting under them with local children to keep his story alive. This is a beautifully charming picture book filled with bright illustrations and childlike wonder. Combined with the author’s note at the end of the book introducing readers to The Global Seed Project, this book will not only delight readers, but inform them as well. This is the same author-illustrator duo for another one of my favorite books: Apple & Magnolia and I cannot wait for my hardcover to arrive so I can add it to my collection. Simply beautiful.

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