Home » Book » IF YOU HOLD A SEED by Elly MacKay



A debut book from a young and talented author and illustrator.

A simple book, beautifully simple, about planting seeds, waiting with patience for these small, hard, round things to grow from their submerged hiding place.  There are few words, but the illustrations guide us through the seasons of the year as the seed develops into a plant while we wait.  This book lends itself to life lessons of patience and watching for the gift through faith.  Waiting is hard, but worth the time for the beauty of the gift.

Ms. MacKay’s art is wonderfully unique.  She makes tiny scenes using a variety of papers and inks, layering the background papers, placing the tiny cut-out paper with ink characters inside a miniature theater.  She adjusts lighting, as in a theatrical setting, rearranges the various elements in this tiny theater before she begins to take photographs which end up in print form, inside books for others and now in her own book.  She may leave the theater in diorama form too.

Reading Level:  3 years

You can find much more about her on her website:   http://www.ellymackay.com/  or on her blog: http://ellymackay.wordpress.com/
She has her prints for sale @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/theaterclouds/about?ref=l2-more-about
And she can be found on Twitter:  @theaterclouds  –   https://twitter.com/theaterclouds

Elly MacKay lives by Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada with her husband and children. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The Ontario Arts Council has recently given her a grant to expand her creative delights.  Her art and story has been published in magazines, including “O”, “La Petite”, and “Flow Magazine”.  Her artwork is sold in several stores including her Etsy.com shop, Theater Clouds.

Book Information:

  • ISBN-13: 9780762447213
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids, an imprint of Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Originally posted on original site 8-13-2013


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s