Sun Seed, The (hardbound)
Early one spring morning, a little seed woke up after her long winter sleep. She yawned and stretched. With a loud CRACK, her hard brown jacket fell away. 'Oh!' said the surprised seed. The earth above felt warm. . . . this was just the beginning of big changes to come. The colorful illustrations in this book are made by author Jan Schubert from dyed wool fibers, felted together to create a solid piece of fabric. She employed a technique known as "dry" or "needle" felting, which requires a small hand tool called a felting needle with barbs along the shaft to catch the fibers as it pierces the surface of the wool and binds them together. Jan describes the experience as "painting with a needle." For ages 3-5.