Daisylocks

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Daisylocks needs a home that is just right. She asks Wind to help her find the perfect habitat to spread her roots, and he accepts the challenge. Wind blows Daisylocks to the plain, the mountain and the wetland. She objects to each place one by one—too cold, too hard, too wet. Daisylocks is not ready to give up! They try the humid rainforest and then the warm beach; those are not just right either. Will Wind find the perfect climate and soil for Daisylocks to place her roots and...

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Overview

Daisylocks needs a home that is just right. She asks Wind to help her find the perfect habitat to spread her roots, and he accepts the challenge. Wind blows Daisylocks to the plain, the mountain and the wetland. She objects to each place one by one—too cold, too hard, too wet. Daisylocks is not ready to give up! They try the humid rainforest and then the warm beach; those are not just right either. Will Wind find the perfect climate and soil for Daisylocks to place her roots and grow into a beautiful flower?

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2014-01-29
The story of a daisy seed looking for the best place to grow is here used as a tool to introduce different habitats. Dissatisfied with where she's first planted, Daisylocks—the reference to Goldilocks becomes clear as the pages turn—asks Wind to assist her, and across the pages she arcs, looking rather a lot like a dandelion seed with a contrail. First, Wind takes her to the desert, which is too hot. The tundra is too cold, and the wetlands are too wet. Daisylocks and Wind banter, till Wind gets rather exasperated, pointing out finally that where she was originally planted was the only place that was "just right!"—and that is where she ends up. A large, clear sans-serif type allows the text to stand out, in black or white, against hyper-realistic, close-up double-page spreads of rain forest, beach, mountain and so on, all full of plant and animal life. The bottom right-hand corner of each spread shows the growth of an actual daisy, from tiny seed to full flowering, and that's lovely. Backmatter on plants and habitats is included (and can be reproduced for educational use); other such items can be found on the publisher's website. Though it's too bad Daisylocks' botanical name (Bellis perennis) is never used, it's nevertheless an inventive introduction to habitats. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628552157
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,401,675
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Once again, I've been impressed with the quality of books that A

    Once again, I've been impressed with the quality of books that Arbordale Publishing has put out this spring. My kids like this particular book because it's about a daisy seed that is looking for a good place to set down roots and call home. With spring deciding to show up, it's the perfect book to spark the kiddos' imaginations and get them thinking about nature.

    It's more than just a book about spring, however. Daisylocks travels on the wind to different geographical areas and tries them all out. She goes to the desert, the jungle, the beach, and so forth. The illustrations give kids a visual to go along with Daisylock's travels. They show the wildlife and vegetation in each location. Kids get a wonderful sense of place and atmosphere as the little seed tries out the ground in each area.

    The story is simple and designed to inform kids about geography and springtime. It's another good book for the classroom or homeschoolers. There is a section in the back that offers additional information on plants, their habitats, and what they need to grow. For more activities and information, you can visit the publisher's website.

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

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    The illustrations throughout this book are outstanding. The pict

    The illustrations throughout this book are outstanding. The pictures grab your heart.

    Daisylocks is a a plant looking for the right place to take root and grow healthy. Throughout this book Daisylocks searches all over the world trying to find that certain, perfect place. She doesn't believe that where she was planted is the best location for her. Through many discoveries and environments she realizes that where she was first planted is after all the perfect spot for her to flourish.

    I recommend this book to everyone! It is an amazing story and might be my favorite children's book! (rev. B.Barlow, Parent)

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Daisylocks was provided by the publisher, Abordale Publishing, in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for the review.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    Do you remember Goldilocks and the three bears, and how Goldiloc

    Do you remember Goldilocks and the three bears, and how Goldilocks never seemed satisfied with the bowls porridge, the rocking chairs, and the beds? Daisylocks is a daisy seed who isn’t satisfied with where she’s being planted, so she asks the Wind to help her find the perfect habitat to spread her roots. So Wind blows her to the hot, dry desert; the cold, frozen tundra, where there are three polar bears; the top of a mountain; the Everglades wetland; the humid tropical rainforest; and the sandy beach. However, these landscapes are just too hot, too cold, too hard, too soft, too crowded, or too sandy. Where will Daisylocks wind up? Will she ever find the perfect climate and soil to place her roots and grow into a beautiful flower?

    Author Marianne Berkes and illustrator Cathy Morrison combine to pack a lot of fascinating and eye-catching material about nature for youngsters in Daisylocks. Not only are there descriptions of the different kinds of Earth habitats with colorful pictures of the kinds of plants and animals which inhabit each of them, but there is also a discussion of the difference between perennials and annuals. Do you know which kind a daisy is? The “For Creative Minds” pages in the back include additional information on plants, including their basic needs and their parts, and a couple of matching exercises about habitats and plants. And there are even more teaching activities available at the publisher’s website. Remembering Goldilocks and the three bears, children will be eager to find the other scene in the book, besides the cover, that shows three bears.

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