This lovely story is about a growing boy and a seed, it reminds me of the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. However, the illustrations in If You Hold a Seed are very different. I was pleasantly surprise when I found this book in the children’s section of the library, not only is Elly MacKay a Canadian author & artist she has an Etsy shop, Theater Clouds, where you can purchase her illustrations.
The theme of this story is simple; dream and love what you are dreaming about and it will grow into what you believe. The lighting in the scenes is sensitive and soft, the shadows create the 3D effect. The scene where the little boy has made a tent of fabric and chairs with his teddy bear, tells the part of the story where protection and love help the seed to grow. The stage light passes through the cloth and paper showing the detail of layers and creases, making the scene a believable life size stage.
This book will encourage the; reader, viewer and other storytellers to experiment and play.
If you would like to get to know Elly MacKay a little bit more and visit her studio, this article on Theatre Clouds will share with you photos of her studio and a few new insights on magical miniature theatre.
Like MacKay I too have an Etsy Shop The Art Tree.