Author: Christelle Vallat
Illustrator: Stéphanie Augusseau
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4413-1536-6
Pages: 36
Price: $16.99

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Celia spends all day on Sunday listening to the people as they come to her to share their worries and problems. When they leave, each feels lighter and happier. And in exchange for her services, they pay her one seed.

Celia then begins a week of sowing these seeds of kindness into bright balloons, flowers, fruit and stars. On her journey one day, she discovers a lone seed, lost by a boy who never had the chance to share his worries with Celia. She seeks him out and together they plant his seed. Every day, he visits Celia to see how his seed is doing, and while he is there, they talk about many things. And when his seed finally grows into a small flower, his spirits have been lifted.

In a world where everyone is tied to electronic devices or just too darned busy, it’s hard to find a special someone who is willing to listen to your worries and concerns. Celia demonstrates the power of a kind, sympathetic ear. The story’s accompanying illustrations follow the theme, as they go from black and white to bright and cheerful, as Celia takes away the gloom and spreads her magic throughout the village. Celia is a delightful read for children of all ages.

Reviewer: Alice Berger