Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move

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Fans of From Seed to Plant, a perennial seller by Gail Gibbons, will want this lushly illustrated picture book.

A gust of wind lifts a maple seed, sending it spinning like a shiny green helicopter through the sky. Where will it land? From splashing away in a raindrop to scurrying with scampering squirrels to hitching rides on your sleeves and socks, seeds have many ...
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Overview

Fans of From Seed to Plant, a perennial seller by Gail Gibbons, will want this lushly illustrated picture book.

A gust of wind lifts a maple seed, sending it spinning like a shiny green helicopter through the sky. Where will 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 of traveling to new places, growing roots, and beginning the cycle again.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
An uninspired look at how seeds are spread by wind, water, animal and human agency. Paparone's illustrations range from slavish attachment to the text (seeds and a tiny chopper accompanying a reference to maple seeds flying "like shiny green helicopters," for instance) to generic winter landscapes in which locust-tree pods on the ground are barely visible, and basswood tree fruit not at all. Along with some awkward lines-"The wind lifts them up and off of the tree"-Macken oversimplifies the definition of "seed" to imply that plants cannot propagate any other way, and departs entirely from her topic on one spread to describe how fallen wild oat seeds work their way into the ground. In addition, not all of the plants depicted are identified, it's difficult to distinguish the "touch-me-not" seedpods from the surrounding leaves and flower buds, and the seeds in the closing gallery are not shown to scale. Steer readers instead to clearer treatments, such as John Farndon's Seeds (2006). (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420438
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 163,178
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Poetic Book that Brings Seeds to Life

    My grandchildren love seeds. And this book showcases seeds beautifully. I love the poetic language:
    "Maple seeds whirl and twirl in a breeze.
    FLIP, FLUTTER, float!"
    First we meet the seeds, then learn how they move, and finally where they land.
    The art complements the words wonderfully, being close-up and inviting.
    At the back is a very informative illustrated glossary of the words in the book.

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