Mmmm...green, crisp lettuce! These leafy vegetables grow above the ground in rich, moist soil. But how does it grow? A farmer plants small seeds in the cool weather. In about a week, tiny sprouts appear, called seedlings. Later, lettuce leaves begin to appear on short stems. Lettuce loves the sun, and as the lettuce grows, its leaves grow longer and wider. Most lettuce plants grow into a round shape. That's why they call them "heads" of lettuce. Mother Nature makes sure that nothing goes to waste with lettuce. When the weather gets warm, the leftover lettuce grows tall stalks that produce flowers. The flowers contain the seeds to make more lettuce. Some other vegetables that grow above the ground include spinach, kale, and chard. The author did a great job of using pictures and words in these easy-to-read sentences, making this book a fun read. It is an interesting book for children and parents to read together. The child can study the pictures, while the parent reads, or they can take turns reading and looking at the pictures. Either way, it's a great way to learn something new. The vivid, colorful pictures inside the book take up the entire page. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Mari Schuh has written more than 100 nonfiction books for children, covering a wide range of science and social studies topics. She has written numerous articles for daily newspapers and has presented at the West Virginia Book Festival. Mari lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joe, and their house rabbit, Kindle.
Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.
Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.
Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.