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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Paul Fleischman’s novel Seedfolks includes the stories of numerous people whose lives are transformed through their participation in a community garden effort. One of them is Juan, an elderly...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2020, 7:19 pm (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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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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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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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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Nora is greatly inspired by the garden, particularly its healing effect on Mr. Myles, her invalid charge. Through her encouragement, Mr. Myles participates in the garden and finds renewed purpose...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019, 3:36 am (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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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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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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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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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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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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Ana has seen quite a few changes in the neighborhood over the years. An old lady who originally moved into the area in 1919, she's witnessed the complete transformation of the neighborhood from the...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019, 7:20 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 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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Gonzalo claims that two years after he and his father moved to the United States from Guatemala, he could speak English. He attributes his language skills to what he picked up on the playground and...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020, 11:40 am (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 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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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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In Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, Curtis is a native resident of Cleveland, Ohio. Fleischman chose Cleveland because of the diverse immigrant population that lives there. I wanted to focus on...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2015, 4:36 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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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, 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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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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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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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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Mr. Myles is an old gentleman confined to a wheelchair and unable to talk because of a second stroke. Not surprisingly, as his caregiver Nora tells us, his interest in the world seems to have...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2021, 11:50 am (UTC)

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In the beginning, Amir feels isolated from the rest of his neighbors because he doesn't know any of them. In his home country of India, people tend to socialize with their neighbors, but in Amir's...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019, 5:04 am (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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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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The answers to the questions you are asking are not clearly given in the book. The author tells us that Kim is from Vietnam, but he does not tell us specifically why she and her family came to...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2011, 1:48 am (UTC)

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I am a fan of Paul Fleischman's novel Seedfolks! In this short novel, Amir is the twelfth character readers meet. He is from India and draws comparisons between living in India and living in...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 12:09 am (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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Gonzalo is an immigrant from Guatemala. He came with his father and was fluent in English two years later. However, his father, who worked with Mexicans and Salvadorians, did not learn English as...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016, 5:53 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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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 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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Gonzalo, a teenager from Guatemala, is the main character in Chapter 4 of Seedfolks. He is the only member of his extended family to know English, and he perhaps uses the words, “bodega,” and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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In the book, Amir tells of the time an old Italian woman had complained about receiving the wrong change at his store. Because of her prejudice against foreigners, the woman likely believed that...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016, 4:39 pm (UTC)

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Leona's granny swears by the medicinal powers of goldenrod, a yellow perennial plant. In fact, as Leona tells us, she believes that it's the only medicine she ever needs. Granny has reached the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 12:55 pm (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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