Miss Maple’s Seeds

Miss Maple's SeedsTitle: Miss Maple’s Seeds
Author & Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler (interview at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 4-8
Themes: Nature, Seeds


She learns each seed by heart, all similar yet none the same. “Take care, my little ones,” Miss Maple says, “for the world is big and you are small.”

Synopsis (from Amazon website):

Fans of Miss Rumphius will adore this gorgeous picture book which introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed.

Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven’t yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it’s time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants they’re destined to become.

Eliza Wheeler’s luminous paintings feature gorgeous landscapes, lush foliage and charming details. Her tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed—since even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower had to grow from the smallest of seeds.

Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.


  • Activity sheets which include coloring sheets, filling in the missing items for Miss Maple’s house and garden, and a seed fact sheet.
  • Booklist of additional “seed” related books, fiction & non-fiction.
  • Plant something with your kids.

Why I Like This Book:

A magical, timeless book that leaves the reader with a sense of calmness that everything  will be okay and the world is as it should be. There  really is a Mother Nature and she is Miss Maple.

Miss Maple searches for lost seeds and takes them to her home. Where she cleans them up, teaches them about being a seed, reads stories to them, and eventually one day near the end of spring she sends them on their way, so they can find their own roots. Kids will enjoy the whimsicality of the story and the illustrations, such as the seeds taking a bubble bath or being snug in bed. Older readers and adults will appreciate the metaphor of the story, of nurturing, teaching young kids and then having to let them go to discover their own path. The artwork is gorgeous with its pen, ink, and watercolor drawing. Checkout Ms. Wheeler’s portfolio and be amazed.

wheeler_bathtime_2My favorite parts from the book are:

  • Near the end “take care , my little ones, for the world is big and you are small. But never forget …” (I love the next part but I’m not going to spoil it.)
  • “In bustling gardens, seeds must take care to stay clear of weedy characters.” And there is a picture of some creepy weeds.
  • The picture of all the different seeds: pine, water lily, pea, pumpkin, and more.
  • Miss Maple giving the seeds a bath and reading bedtime stories by firefly light.
  • Miss Maple’s teaching the seeds of what they will be doing next summer, traveling by air or water and learning to grow big and strong.

This book is good for storytime. It can also be used in classroom to complement science units about seeds and plants.


This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.


46 Comments to “Miss Maple’s Seeds”

  1. I’ve heard of this book but haven’t read it yet. We did enjoy Miss Rumphius, and so we’ll have to look for this book. Thanks, Darshana!

  2. What charming illustrations, Darshana! I’m going to look this one up for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Eliza Wheeler is one of my favorite people, and this book makes the reason clear. An excellent review of an excellent and original book. Thanks.

  4. I never knew maple seeds took naps in hammocks! This looks like a fun book with lots of imagination.

  5. Beautiful book! Another good activity is seed collecting!

  6. I’ve seen this one reviewed, but haven’t gotten a copy to read myself yet. You have re-whetted my appetite, Darshana!

    • Yeah! I am the sameway, have to hear about a book multiple times before I get around to reading it, just because there are so many books I want to read.

  7. I keep seeing this book everywhere. I had it in my hand at the library, but stopped because I have so many books out right now. This is such a beautiful story and I love the illustrations. I’m going to have to read it for my own pleasure.

  8. It looks absolutely delightful. I so hope that Penguin Australia pick it up as it sounds very much the sort of picture book I’d love too. Thanks Darshana!

  9. I’ve seen this one but haven’t gotten to read it yet! It looks charming. I’ll have to make sure I find it! Thanks!

  10. I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one as I have been seeing wonderful reviews all over the place. Thanks for adding it to our PPBF list.

  11. Fun! I love the cover, and the pictures! 😀

  12. This book sounds lovely. I must read it! Thanks, Darshana.

  13. This is s perfect spring book, especially for preschool. I could see our preschool teacher reading this one to teach about seeds and plants.

  14. I saw this title mentioned for fall books. Glad to see it’s a 2013 book. Looking forward to reading it and finding out the last line!

  15. Love the cover and the illustrations you shared. I really have been wanting to read this one. Thanks for a great review!

  16. Beautiful book and review, Darshana. Just noted your comment re…Doll Bones. Must look that one up too. Sounds very interesting.

  17. Amazing illustrations, Darshana…and I love the message of this story! My grandmother was a ‘Miss Maple’…as a young bride, she took peach pits and planted them up and down her street. In later years, almost all the houses (which were built during the ensuing years) had a peach tree in the backyard.
    Thanks for a great review and wonderful activities.

  18. I’ve been waiting on this one! I really want to read it.

  19. I loved Miss Rumphius. Will be looking for this one.

  20. My daughter just asked this week for a box full of seeds and a gardening kit. I told her we had to wait to plant any seeds when we have our own garden. In the meanwhile I can read her this lovely whimsical book.

  21. This looks like an absolutely lovely book! Thanks for sharing with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  22. This looks delightful with a great teachable story. Thanks for sharing. Hopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop
    As we read, ~ linda @ The Reader and the Book

  23. Oh, that is just such a sweet book! I love the illustration of Miss Maple reading to her seeds. Thank you so much for sharing your recommendation in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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