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by Paul Fleischman

Seedfolks Theme of Time

When it comes to gardening, time is definitely of the essence. And in Seedfolks, not paying attention to time can be really disastrous. We're talking dead plants here, Shmoopers. For many seeds, planting them at the wrong time can mean that they'll never grow at all. But luckily, some of our gardeners have perfect timing—and, we're guessing, a little bit of green luck.

Questions About Time

  1. What do you think of the way the seasons are represented in Seedfolks? Do the seasonal changes sound good or bad?
  2. In the book, what stays the same over time? And why do you think this is?
  3. Why do you think the book takes place over the course of one year?
  4. What happens after the first year of the garden? How does it change, and how does it stay the same?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Time is on the side of our characters. Seasonal changes mean that there's a chance to plant new plants in the spring.

Time is the enemy in Seedfolks. When winter comes to Cleveland, plants die.

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