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From Seed to Maple Tree: Following the Life Cycle
     

From Seed to Maple Tree: Following the Life Cycle

by Laura Purdie Salas
 
What does a seed need to grow? What color flowers does a sugar maple tree have? Let your mind bloom as you learn about the life cycle of a sugar maple tree.

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What does a seed need to grow? What color flowers does a sugar maple tree have? Let your mind bloom as you learn about the life cycle of a sugar maple tree.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Purdie Salas has written an early reader's science book about the life cycle of a maple tree. The book begins with a brief explanation of the life cycle of a maple tree and then tells the story of how trees begin as seeds. When the seeds sprout, they begin to send their roots into the soil. As they grow, a stem pushes through the soil and upward and the seed becomes a seedling. Sun and water help the seedling grow. When the seedling grows to more than six feet tall, it is called a sapling—a young tree. When it reaches thirty or forty years old, it is called an adult tree. Sugar maples can live up to 400 years and grow more than 100 feet tall. A new cycle of life begins when an adult tree grows flowers. The female parts of the flower make eggs while the male parts make pollen. Pollen is carried by the wind, bees and other insects and is spread over the female eggs. This is called pollination. The sugar maple flowers grow into fruits. Inside the fruit is a seed. When the fruit ripens, it falls to the ground. This seed can grow into a sugar maple tree. When warm weather arrives, the seed will emerge and send its roots into the ground. The life cycle of a sugar maple begins again. Children can easily follow this clearly written picture book. The illustrations are large and colorful. Back material includes fun facts, a glossary, further reading and Internet sites. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404849310
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Amazing Science: Life Cycles Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.

Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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