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Seedfolks has an ensemble cast of thirteen, collectively the gardeners of the plot. Each character has his or her own chapter describing the character's backstory and what has brought them to the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2017 11:53 am UTC

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The Haitian boy named Virgil in the novel Seedfolks has just finished fifth grade and is looking forward to having the summer off. His father, on the other hand, is hard-working, ambitious, and has...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 3:06 pm UTC

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In Seedfolks, Kim is the catalyst for a community garden that links many diverse characters. The nine-year-old Vietnamese girl opens the book and sets the plot in motion with her decision to plant...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020 2:18 pm UTC

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One of the main themes throughout Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman is the importance of community. Throughout the book, several Cleveland citizens from different walks of life come together and bond...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2016 10:46 am UTC

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Wendell is an old white man who originally hails from Kentucky. Before he moved to Cleveland, he lived on a farm, but now he works as a janitor. It's Wendell's vast experience of agriculture that...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 8:53 am UTC

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In Seedfolks, Leona helps the garden through her intelligence and perseverance. She is appalled by the garbage that has been dumped in the "vacant" lot. In fact, there is so much garbage on the lot...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 4:02 pm UTC

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Florence tells the story of how her great-grandparents walked all the way from Louisana to Colorado in 1859. They were both freed slaves who settled alongside the Gunnison River. She comments that...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2016 6:57 pm UTC

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Gonzalo is very mature for his age. But that's mainly because he's had a number of major responsibilities put on this young shoulders. As well as helping out his dad, who doesn't speak English, he...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018 7:10 am UTC

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Th above answer is correct; the answer to your question can be found in chapter six of Seedfolks by Sam Fleischman. Seedfolks is a short novel told by a diverse cast of narrators, all connected to...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2014 3:38 am UTC

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It is important to read this quote, which comes from the final sentence of this chapter from this excellent and moving novel, in the context of the whole chapter. Sam writes about the way that the...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2011 9:10 pm UTC

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Gonzalo's words mean that the experience of living in a strange country without a working knowledge of the common language often causes one to regress (return to a former, less developed state)...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 6:59 pm UTC

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Just to be clear, Nora doesn’t actually choose which seeds Mr. Myles plants in the barrel, however, she bought a variety of vegetables and flowers from which she lets Mr. Myles choose. Nora is a...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 1:57 am UTC

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Ana, an elderly woman, has lived in the neighborhood a long time. She likes to sit by her window and watch the activity outside. She says, “I’ve seen history out this window.” (pg 5) She sees...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 3:03 pm UTC

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Gonzalo works in the garden once he has come to America with his family, and it is representative of the responsibility and struggle he feels taking care of them. In spite of his youth, Gonzalo is...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 2:16 pm UTC

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In Paul Fleischman's novel Seedfolks, Sam is a character different than all the other characters. In this novel made up of character vignettes, most of the characters are disconnected from their...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 11:05 pm UTC

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In Paul Fleischman's novel Seedfolks, Sam appears as the sixth character vignette in a story about a community that comes together over the planting of a garden in a vacant lot. Sam is important to...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 4:05 am UTC

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In Paul Fleischman's novel Seedfolks, Ana is the second character introduced. Her character vignette is only five pages long. Ana is an older woman and doesn't plant anything in the garden. Her...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 9:40 pm UTC

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Curtis, known throughout the community for his massive muscles, begins to plant tomatoes in the garden on Gibb Street as a way to apologize to his ex-girlfriend for cheating on her. Curtis's...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016 9:26 pm UTC

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All Amir knows about Polish people when he first comes to America is that "Polish men [are] tough steelworkers and that the women [cook] lots of cabbage." He has gotten this mental picture of the...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2011 1:18 am UTC

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Paul Fleishman's novel Seedfolks is a series of character vignettes centered around a young girl named Kim who plants seeds in a vacant lot in the neighborhood. This begins a community garden in...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 9:03 pm UTC

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Leona decides to become involved in the community garden as a kind of act of homage in memory of her dead grandmother. Leona's chapter begins by filling us in on her grandmother's history, and in...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2012 4:14 pm UTC

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Seedfolks is the story of how a group of thirteen strangers come together to transform a rat-infested refuse dump into a garden. Kim is of Vietnamese heritage, her father having been a farmer...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 10:57 am UTC

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Nora is a British nurse who looks after Mr. Myles. She seems to have an interest in history and literature, as she is often making literary comparisons. However, she doesn't make too many about the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 9:33 am UTC

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Sam is an interesting character indeed, in that he is modeled after the author himself, and therefore has many interesting character traits such as friendliness, charity, and intelligence. Just...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2009 10:32 am UTC

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One of the major themes of Seedfolks is that out of something ugly, something beautiful can grow. This theme is not only seen through the physical growth of the garden but also through the...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 2:06 am UTC

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Nora helps Mr. Myles participate in the garden by purchasing a plastic trash barrel and a shovel that he can use to plant a small flower garden. To prepare the barrel for planting, Nora gets to...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 6:00 pm UTC

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In the book, Virgil helps his father pick out an area for their garden. When they settle on one, Virgil works to retrieve pieces of glass and other trash from the soil. The two work for hours to...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 4:13 pm UTC

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Gonzalo is an eighth-grade student who immigrated from Guatemala. He mentions that two years after he moved to Cleveland he learned how to speak English. Gonzalo says his father worked in a kitchen...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 12:57 pm UTC

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Initially, Leona arrives at the lot on Gibb Street in hopes of planting some goldenrod in memory of her deceased grandmother. When she discovers that there is trash everywhere, Leona decides to...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2017 12:03 pm UTC

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In Chapter 2, Ana sees a girl with dark hair digging into the ground behind an old refrigerator in the lot on Gibb Street. Ana used to be a secretary for the Police Department and immediately...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 12:16 am UTC

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"Don't trust a book by its cover" is a common idiom that means people should not prejudge individuals based on appearance alone. Thematically, there are several examples of this idiom throughout...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016 10:17 pm UTC

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Sam notices that the community garden is segregated in the same manner that Cleveland is segregated among race and ethnic lines. Sam realizes that the segregation in the community garden is a...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 6:14 pm UTC

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One character that changes from the beginning to end tremendously is Ana. Remember how readers begin the novel and meet Ana. Kim plants her seeds in the garden, trying to build roots for herself....

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 4:05 am UTC

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In the book, Amir explains how the community garden has brought people of all races together. During the harvest festival, everyone traded harvests and mingled freely among each other. All the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 5:42 pm UTC

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Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman is written as a series of vignettes; each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character. In the eighth chapter, we meet Sae Young, a Korean immigrant...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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Curtis is 23 in the story and is known by the nickname, ‘Ceps, for his muscular body. One regret Curtis has is that when he was younger, he treated a girl bad and now realizes he cares about her....

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 11:12 pm UTC

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Paul Fleischman’s wonderful young adult novella takes place in Cleveland, Ohio. I couldn’t remember if an actual date is ever given in the novella, so I did a little research and still couldn’t...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 5:37 pm UTC

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How does culture play a role in people's motives? If you could trade places with one character in the novel, who would you choose and why? How does the novel handle cultural bias in the world? What...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Maricela is one of the narrators featured in the short children's novel Seedfolks, written by Paul Fleischman. Maricela faces a number of problems in this novel. In this response, I will briefly...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 2:15 am UTC

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Mr. Myles and Nora use a large plastic trash barrel and a shovel to plant beautiful flowers. Because Mr. Myles is in a wheelchair, Nora (his nurse) does the initial work of preparing the soil for...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 10:37 pm UTC

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To understand how the garden in Paul Fleischman's Seedfolks (1997) becomes a metaphor for the changing relationship between its gardeners, let's take a close look at Sam’s story. Moved by its...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 5:10 am UTC

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Leona was brought to the garden because she was interested in growing goldenrod, a flowering plant that grows mostly in North America and Mexico. She was motivated to plant goldenrod because of her...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 2:42 pm UTC

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Paul Fleischman’s inspiring young adult novella Seedfolks takes place in a dilapidated urban neighborhood of Cleveland on Gibb Street. The story is structured as a series of vignettes, with each...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 8:48 pm UTC

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Amir longs for his homeland of India where, despite living in large cities, everyone knows his neighbors. Amir is isolated in his world in Cleveland and hasn’t made many friends. He feels part of...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 3:46 pm UTC

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On the face of it, it would seem that Sam and Curtis don't have an awful lot in common. Sam is an elderly Jewish gentleman and Curtis is a young African-American; Sam is a fairly unprepossessing...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019 7:36 am UTC

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Seedfolks presents the efforts that Kim makes to begin gardening as a tribute to her late father, whom she had never met. In his native country, Vietnam, Kim’s father was a farmer. He died before...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 5:02 am UTC

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In Paul Fleischman's novel Seedfolks, the thirteen characters all contribute in some way to a community garden. Kim is the first character to start planting in the vacant lot on Gibb Street. She...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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Curtis plants tomatoes in the lot in order to impress Lateesha, the girl he wants to marry. Accordingly, Lateesha had stopped seeing Curtis five years ago when she discovered other girls in his...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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The character, Sae Young, has had a pretty difficult life since moving to Cleveland from Korea. She works in a dry cleaning business her family owns, and is basically happy until her husband dies...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 2:31 am UTC

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Amir is critical of America because he misses the easy camaraderie of his Indian homeland. Even among millions of inhabitants, Amir states that everyone knew their neighbors in India. He regrets...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 8:12 pm UTC

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