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Meet Author Linda Prickett and Illustrator Sonia Facchin Brulé
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By Haydn Jensen

You know that thing about buying local? Well, it’s not just about the food you eat. It can also be about the food you read. Londoners Linda Prickett and Sonia Facchin Brulé have worked together to produce a children’s book that provides enjoyment and food for thought for kids and adults alike.

Linda Prickett has been writing poetry since she was eight. Drawn by rhyme’s natural rhythm and flow, she has long loved writing in verse, often delighting friends and family through personalized poems to mark special occasions and significant moments like birthdays and anniversaries. Fitting then, that her first children’s book should also be in rhyme.

Although rhyming verse appeals to all ages, it has particular attraction in children’s writing. By using repetitive phrases and rhythms, poetry has an almost musical effect, drawing on young imaginations in a way that is both calming and stimulating at the same time. And, when vivid illustrations accompany the story told in the text, the powerful impact on young minds is undeniable. This is exactly what we find in The Seed That Wanted to Grow.

The book tells the story of a seed trying to make himself grow through his own efforts. After many sincere attempts only produce exhaustion, frustration and a growing sense of despair, the little seed eventually discovers the true source of growth and the value of surrender and trust. This is a story for us all, but it is written as a book to be read to preschoolers and primary students and as an early reader for 6 to8 year olds.

Because she had younger children in mind, Linda wanted cartoonlike pictures for her book.

After connecting with illustrator Sonia Facchin Brulé through a mutual friend, Linda quickly saw that Sonia a trained Classical Animation artist could provide illustrations that would convey just the right expressions to help tell the story. Considering that the central character in the story is literally just a seed, it is quite impressive that Sonia manages to depict such a wide range of emotion and physical movement in the little guy.

Linda says that this is meant to be a "fun book" and it is. The pictures and story itself are entertaining and engaging for children and adults alike. But, there is an important lesson to be told here too. As we ourselves live in a world says we can be whatever we want to be, this story provides a reminder that we would do well to remember our roots.

Biblically speaking, we have a Creator who loves us and has a plan for us. So, instead of wearing ourselves out with our striving and selfish ambition, we should instead put our trust in God to "grow us" according to His purposes and plans. Linda often finds that as parents the most important thing is not what kids do, but it's how we respond to what they do. Perhaps this story, then, is as much for us as adults as it is for children. It's always helpful to have a good teaching tool ready at hand. After all, stories do make excellent teaching tools.

In keeping with the message in The Seed that Wanted to Grow, it’s fitting that Linda and Sonia have made publishing this book an effort of love more than anything else. With Linda's accounting training, her main agenda financially was simply to cover the costs of publishing through printing a modest and manageable number of copies. As her first venture into children’s writing and she hopes to keep going with other book ideas. For a next effort, Linda is thinking about a series of Bible stories retold in verse for young readers starting perhaps with the story of Job as "the man who loved God anyway".

We often hear experts ponder about the future of things like printed books in our high tech world.

Linda and Sonia both feel confident and positive that books will always have a place and value, especially for children. The tactile aspect of holding the book, turning the pages and having the favourite stories readily at hand on a shelf is difficult to replace or substitute through e-readers, and tablets. Young readers will also find the simplicity of a printed book less demanding. In Sonia's words, "Books spark imagination you can't get there in other ways."

If you'd like to purchase a copy of The Seed That Wanted to Grow, copies are available for just $10.99 ($10.00 on line) . You can get it at the Mustard Seed Book Store, Creation Bookstore or order online through

The book makes a terrific little gift for children on your Christmas list, and an excellent addition to church and school libraries.