In thirteen chapters, thirteen apartment house neighbors of various colors, ages and nationalities speak in
their own voices. The common link: a large empty city–owned lot. A little Vietnamese girl plants a few beans
to grow and thrive, so her father, a farmer who died a few months before her birth, would be proud of her. Each
character, for his or her own reason, joins in what becomes a lovely community garden that “sprouts” neighbors
as well as fruits, vegetables and flowers. Their differences disappear with their shared joy in making this
Seedfolks’ Companion workbook offers group discussions, writing, predicting outcomes, metaphor/simile
exercises, phrasal verbs, character analysis, pros/cons, compare/contrast, map work, geography. The novel, used
with this workbook together, will make for a most enjoyable and challenging classroom adventure.