A Seed Takes Root: (Nature Book for Kids) (Hardcover)

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"An 'artist's book' in the best sense of that term, with the touch of the artist who created it palpable everywhere in its pages." —Leonard S. Marcus

“Conveys a materiality that leaps off the printed page” —Galerie Magazine

A Seed Takes Root: A True Story, by acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner, is an homage to the natural world and to one very special banyan tree in particular.

A Seed Takes Root describes a decades-long relationship between the author and a banyan tree that begins when the author is a young girl. For her, the tree is a place for play, for refuge, and also a source of inspiration. While this is a true story of one tree and one girl/woman/artist that celebrates a particular banyan tree, it is also a testament to the quiet power shared by all trees. Further, this beautifully told story is not only of the relationship between an artist and a tree, but is a strong environmental statement made more effective by being non-polemical.

The banyan tree featured in the book is in the process of being designated a City of Miami Beach heritage tree. In 2021, Michele Oka Doner was officially proclaimed guardian of the ninety-five-year-old banyan tree by the City of Miami Beach. A book and work of art that defies classification, A Seed Takes Root is simultaneously an art book, a poetic meditation, a memoir, a fable, and a tale suitable for children and for readers of all ages.

About the Author

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose artistic production encompasses sculpture, prints, drawings, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, costume and set design, and artist’s books. She is well known for such permanent art installations as Flight at Reagan International Airport, Radiant Site at the Herald Square 34th Street Subway Station, and A Walk on the Beach, the mile-and-a-quarter-long bronze terrazzo concourse at Miami International Airport. Oka Doner’s work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the art museums at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Michigan, where she received her BSD and MFA art degrees and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

Praise For…

“This book will certainly plant loving seeds in young souls, who will want to have an intimate relationship with trees, just like the artist. The publication’s carefully crafted splendor will make it a true treasure in their lives.”
— –Suzanne Ramljak,  Chief Curator, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The work of Michele Oka Doner has always displayed an otherworldly connection and deep affection for nature... Her latest release... once again proves her unique ability to conjure something that can touch many people in a powerful way. An art book, a poem, a children’s story, an environmental statement, and more, this delightful volume can be enjoyed in many aspects and by readers of all ages...conveying a materiality that leaps off the printed page.
— Jacqueline Terrebonne

"This is a special book for daydreamers. It tells a personal yet also universal tale--a story about growing up that has deep roots in the natural connection young people feel with the myriad life forms they find all around them. It is an artist's book' in the best sense of that term, with the touch of the artist who created it palpable everywhere in its pages." 
— Leonard S. Marcus

Product Details
ISBN: 9798986640648
Publisher: Tra Publishing
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 72
Language: English