Gr 3-4- Macken's crisp text reveals burdocks sticking to a kid's socks and to a rabbit's fur, touch-me-not seeds exploding from their pods, and acorns being interred energetically by provident squirrels. A final segment explores several kinds of seed "containers" (pods, fruit, nutshells) and the varying shapes of a number of seeds (peach pits, corn kernels, peas), and explains the stages of growth from seed to flowering plant. All the while, in careful step, Paparone's bright, realistic acrylics present clear pictures of the featured seeds in their natural dispersals, from tumbleweeds rolling across a Western landscape to coconuts dropping into a tropical sea. Many of the double-page illustrations contain a circular "bubble" with close-ups of leaves, flowers, pods, etc. Team this inviting introduction with Ken Robbins's elegant Seeds (S & S, 2005) and/or Helene J. Jordan's simple How a Seed Grows (HarperTrophy, 1992), or perhaps Sam Godwin's even simpler A Seed in Need (Picture Window, 2004) for a seed-full good time.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Moveby JoAnn Early Macken, Pamela Paparone
A gust of wind lifes a maple seed, sending it spinning like a shiny green helicopter throught the sky. Where wil it land? From splashing away in a raindrop to scurrying with scampering squirrels to hitching rides on your sleeves and socks, seeds have many
Fans of From Seed to Plant, a perennial seller by Gail Gibbons, will want this lushly illustrated picture book.
A gust of wind lifes a maple seed, sending it spinning like a shiny green helicopter throught the sky. Where wil it land? From splashing away in a raindrop to scurrying with scampering squirrels to hitching rides on your sleeves and socks, seeds have many ingenious ways to traveling to new laces, growing roots, and beginning the cycle again.
Meet the Author
Pam Paparone has both written and illustrated books for children. Kirkus Reviews praised the “bright, elegant acrylics” she created for D. Anne Love’s "Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia". She lives in Pennsylvania.
JoAnn Early Macken has written dozens of books for young readers including poetry, picture books, beginning readers, and nonfiction. Her "Sing-Along Song" illustrated by LeUyen Pham was chosen for the Texas 2 x 2 Reading List. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.
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