Watch pine seeds grow into wide pine trees. Learn about this tree's life cycle from start to finish.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. TalcroftCapstone's "Plant Life Cycles" series is intended to provide early readers with access to information about the life cycles of members of the apple and bean families, gymnosperm and angiosperm trees, root vegetables, and flowering plants of North America. The books have a simple text and large color photographs illustrating seeds, sprouts, flowers, fruits, and mature trees or plants. The pictures in all of the books are attractive and illustrative of the text opposite. That said, the photos selected to illustrate stages in the cycles are not always of the same species or variety, which is sometimes disturbing. Appealingly pictured here are pines in the summer sun and winter snow, tender green moisture-beaded shoots, and rough-textured cones against needles and bark. Although many non-deciduous conifers belong to the family Pinaceae, not all are of the genus Pinus. (The illustrations of "pine" seeds and a mature tree clearly show a blue spruce.) Teachers and parents may want to stress to budding scientists that conifers often referred to as "pine trees" come in many widely differing genera, such as larches, firs, spruces, and hemlocks as well as true pines. Still, extra-wide pictures make the books useful for science read-alouds, while the brief text should be easily read by primary students with beginning skills. The glossary is helpful; three additional books are suggested for further reading.
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