written by Sherry Garland, illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi
I've hit a streak of stories that I've either read before or seem very familiar. The Lotus Seed is another one of those stories. I think I read this as a kid, but I'm not sure. Either way, parts of the story are very familiar. Also, after reading this story I looked up the viability of lotus seeds, and apparently (according to Wikipedia), the third oldest viable seed was a lotus seed.