The Watermelon Seed
Category: Children’s Picture Book
Synopsis: What will happen when Crocodile swallows a watermelon seed?
Rating: * (3-star scale)
Award: 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner
Comments:Sorry to be blunt, but with all the wonderful picture books I read each year, I’m very disappointed that this one won the Seuss award. I found this book so boring. I know this is a book for preschoolers, but I still think this one is a stinker and people like it mostly because it won an award. The illustrations are flat and two-color instead of full-color. The whole presentation is just sort of blah.
And then there’s this—
Do children still have a foreboding fear of a swallowed watermelon seed growing into a melon in their belly? Isn’t that a fear adults project onto children? Most preschoolers don’t understand horticulture enough to know that a seed grows into a plant and a plant produces fruit. And those who know about seeds and plant growth don’t think their stomachs will grow a melon since seeds need dirt and sunlight. Right?
And didn’t the Sesame Street gang dispel that myth once and for all in 1981? (I believe it was an orange seed….)
Is it obvious that this one made me cranky? Sorry, Mr. Pizzoli.
Would you recommend this to a friend?Nah.