The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland

Title: The Lotus Seed
Author: Sherry Garland
Illustrator: Tatsuro Kiuchi
Publisher: Hardcourt Publishers  (1993)
ISBN: 9780152494650
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland is a touching picture book that highlights immigration, conflict, being reflective and the importance of family.

“My grandmother saw the emperor cry the day he lost his golden dragon throne.” She quietly snuck down to the Imperial garden and took a lotus seed in remembrance of the emperor.

She keeps the seed throughout the most important events in her life – marriage, having children, her husband going to war and emigrating from Vietnam to America on a fragile boat. 

“Whenever she felt sad or lonely, she took out the seed and thought of the brave young emperor.” In their American home, the narrator’s brother plants the seed, but he can’t remember its location. The grandmother is devastated.
Spring reveals the location of the seed as a lotus sprouts from the ground. The grandmother removes the seeds, handing one to each of her grandchildren, starting a new tradition.

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School Improvement in Maryland: Gr. 5 Unit: Faces of Immigration
Sherry Garland Website: Teacher’s Guide
Sherry Garland Official Website
Tatsuro Kiuchi Official Website

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