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Seed Keepers of Crescentville

Seed Keepers of Crescentville by Jeanne Prevett Sable

ISBN10: 159113708X
ISBN13: 978-1591137085
Author: Jeanne Prevett Sable
Book title: Seed Keepers of Crescentville
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (April 15, 2005)
Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Size PDF: 1849 kb
Size ePub: 1670 kb
Size Fb2: 1629 kb
Rating: 4.6/5
Votes: 920
Pages: 248 pages

Seed Keepers of Crescentville by Jeanne Prevett Sable

A town's concern for a beloved young girl inspires this organic Vermont farming community to rally against a giant biotech agribusiness in a desperate attempt to safeguard the environment against genetic pollution and preserve the unique region's heirloom crops.


This is a cute little family-oriented book about a big, powerful, company trying to take over our lives. It's actually much like the old Westerns but without the violence. The protagonists don't live in a small town--they live several miles outside of a very small town. The big company is portrayed not as evil, but as lacking humanity. The small-town heroes who have earth wisdom and common sense are portrayed as loving, fun, people.

Jean Prevett Sable describes the bad guys as the company with the genetically altered seeds. However, the "evil" in the book is exacerbated by the United States court system and patent laws. There a significant parallel to copywritten software programs and other intellectual property. The "evil" that Jean Prevett Sable attacks is fundamentally our freedom and the government that supports it, although her plot and characters make it appear that the heartless manipulative big business is the basic problem.

I enjoyed the description of the people involved and the way that Jean Prevett Sable recreated little bits of my own childhood. Surely she was raised somewhere like Crescentville and the best parts of this book must be autobiographical.

In today's world, it is more important than ever not to take the "easy" road by trading comfort and convenience for destruction of the environment and a less "human" standard of living. This book points out the creeping and insidious ways that our (environmental) moral life can be eroded.

Overall, a fun, short, book. It could be used in a seventh grade class as a cross-curriculum reading project.

I read "Seed Keepers of Crescentville" with profound enjoyment and recommend it highly. This book is like a spring thunderstorm making a clean sweep through a fetid corporate board room.

Excellent from every angle - a well-told story, admirable wordsmithing, genuine dialogue and characters. Moreover, the book decries the hazards of Genetically Modified Organisms and inspires folks to resist without ever being "preachy."

When I read the quote on the back comparing "Seed Keepers" to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," I thought that was a pretty tall order. But from the point of view of exposing the dangers and hazards of GMOs, the book works and the comparison is apt. Sable exposes the threat of GMOs through genuinely engaging means. This book can change the way you think, and live.

This book was fun to read with intelligent and articulate dialogue and characters true to form. I have lots of relatives in Vermont. The message is fundamental to all of us who want to reclaim our food supply. I hope Jeanne Prevett Sable writes a sequel book. There are lots of folks having side effects from genetically modified organisms (like hives from GM corn and corn products, corn syrup, dextrose, maltodextrin) and the horizontal gut transfer. Community Supported Agriculture is the way to go!