Watch acorns grow into tall oak 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. In this text readers can admire the shiny acorns pictured, along with red-leaved shoots, graceful flowers growing in pendant clusters, and lacy mature oaks. Oaks (Quercus) are widely distributed in the United States and species vary dramatically in shape and size of leaves, height and crown of trees, and configuration of acorns; some are deciduous, some are not. Young trees, for example, are shown here with rounded lobes, while the mature trees have pointed lobesand not all turn golden in autumn as pictured. Teachers and parents may want to stress to budding scientists that oak trees are widely diverse, as a field trip to look at local oaks could readily demonstrate. 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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