Samah the Seed

Children - Religious Theme
31 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2024
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Author Biography

Sarah discovered her love of children’s literature when she competed in performing picture books for her high school forensics team. Ever since, writing and performing children’s literature has been a lifelong dream.

She is president of a nonprofit organization and a public speaker. A homeschooling mother of three, Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and cat in Texas. Besides writing, Sarah is a lover of hiking, reading, and ramen.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Samah the Seed is a children's picture book by Sarah Gowayed. Living inside a half-open pea pod, Samah, a little pea, wants to grow into a big pea plant just like her Baba so she can also produce lots of delicious peas to feed animals and people. But to do that, she must be planted in the soil. When a howling wind blows her away from the pod and she lands in the soil near Baba, Samah believes it's time for her to grow. To her disappointment, however, she continues to be a little pea. She breathes in the air, bathes in rainwater, and embraces the sunlight, yet she doesn't grow. Finally, she listens to Baba's advice and prays to God, and soon, Samah becomes what she has always wanted to be.

Sarah Gowayed intertwines religion and science to tell a beautiful story about growing up. Samah the Seed is a children's tale that integrates botany and faith into the narrative, and it makes for a tale unlike any other. The story doesn't directly relate to any one specific religion. Instead, it showcases how God has a hand in creating and nurturing all that is living, even plants that live on air, water, and sunlight. I think this is an entertaining and ingenious way to introduce the concept of faith to young children. Samah is someone to whom kids will find it easy to relate. The illustrations by Amanda Letcher are the icing on the cake, as they enhance Gowayed's storytelling. This is a heartwarming story that I will gladly recommend to young readers.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

In Samah the Seed, a children's book by Sarah Gowayed, Samah wants to grow into a tall and strong pea plant like her Baba. She asks her Baba for advice, and he tells her she must be planted in the soil. Once Samah finds her way to the soil near her Baba, she wills herself to grow, but nothing happens. Several friends, a worm, a bee, and a bird, offer useful instructions, but her Baba gives her the most important guidance, suggesting that she pray to God. Samah applies his advice and is astonished with the results. At the end of the book, Gowayed shows evidence of God's hand in growth through passages from the Bible, Torah, and Quran and provides readers with directions for growing a pea plant.

Sarah Gowayed has captured the beauty of growth in nature and spirituality in her short children's tale. Samah yearns to grow so she can nourish people, and her Baba - with his faith in God - supplies her with the tools she needs. The pea plant could be seen as a symbol of religion and parenting. Baba, and then Samah, had the opportunity to grow, their produce providing sustenance for people. Both mature plants could impart God-centered counseling. As the peas fall from the parent plant, they take the lessons they learn and use them to grow physically and through their religion. Samah the Seed is a great selection to begin a science lesson on studies relating to peas and for readers who enjoy stories with roots in nature and religion.

Adanna Ora

Samah is a little pea hanging from her father’s stem. All she wanted to do was grow to be just like him and also participate in the job of helping to feed people. She felt like she had no purpose. Her father encouraged her to be patient and wait for the right time, but his words fell on deaf ears. She went through all the natural processes of growth, but nothing seemed to be happening to her. What could be the problem? Is there anything left to do? Find out in Samah the Seed, written by Sarah Gowayed and beautifully illustrated by Amanda Letcher. Samah the Seed is a children’s picture book that teaches the value of patience. It also provides valuable steps on how to plant a pea in your garden.

The lessons in Samah the Seed are so profound that even adults cannot help but derive wisdom from them. I love how the colors used in the illustrations make the book beautiful and interesting and also help to spark the imaginative ability of children. Samah the Seed is easy to read and provides a great source of vocabulary for children, where they will familiarize themselves with words like carbon dioxide. Above all, I love the spiritual angle added to it; we read verses from the Quran, the Bible, and the Torah that summarize the message the author conveys. Parents and teachers can also practice the steps for planting a pea in the garden with youngsters. I recommend Samah the Seed to all young readers between the ages of 3 and 8.