The Marvelous Mustard Seed was written by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. It was illustrated by Margaux Meganck. The Marvelous Mustard Seed was published by Flyaway Books in 2018.
The Marvelous Mustard Seed is an interesting picture book that has an unusual focus or theme, in my opinion. Though it is never overtly stated, it is clear to me that this story is a retelling of Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed.
In The Marvelous Mustard Seed we are introduced to two children who plant a tiny mustard seed. They wait and wait for something to happen.
Then, one day a shoot appears.
Then, a sprout.
Then, a bush.
Then, a surprise. The ordinary bush becomes a huge tree.
I like the way the original parable is hinted at through a contemporary story and characters that children (and grown-ups like me) can relate to.
On my first reading my interpretation of The Marvelous Mustard Seed was colored by my own preconceived thoughts about Jesus’ parable. But the back matter of the picture book helped me to see that my interpretation might not be the only correct one.
On my second and third readings I could see clearly what the authors and artist were trying to get across.
The Marvelous Mustard Seed has several possible themes, I think. Faith. Patience. Anticipation.
I believe this is a great picture book for thoughtful parents to share with their children. It can open up discussions about what the mustard seed represents in this book, and in the Bible parables in the Gospels.