The story tells about a family's journey to get where they are now and how they grew along the way. it compares the family to seeds and how they grow. The father in the story works with his daughter in the garden. He tells her what seeds need to grow and flourish. He compares it to what the family needs to grow and flourish. He explains during the story that what is right for one is not always right for another and you must move whether it be close or far away for you to grow.
I would use this for a read aloud in lower grades or even an introductory book before planting in the green house. You could have the kids tell you what seeds need to grow and what they don’t need to grow. You could also use this book to talk about safety and then ask students what are safe places for them or for seeds? They could draw pictures to show what is safe and what is not.
Upper grades could use this book to discuss or introduce planting in the greenhouse. They could make a t-chart labeling what a seed needs to grow and what it doesn’t need to grow.
I read it to my students and then discussed it. I told them to tell if they heard any metaphors. They had to tell me the metaphor. After reading we discussed the meaning of the pictures and why they thought it went back and forth.
Upper grades could also use this book to discuss war and why you would flee.
6th grade could use the book with a lesson or unit on symbolism.