One Little Seed reveals how a tiny seed sprouts into a beautiful, sun-loving flower. Just right for the youngest of readers and the smallest of hands.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyNew picture books look to captivate open minds. Elaine Greenstein offers two cyclical tales for youngest readers. One Little Seed understatedly depicts a seed's growth from initial planting ("One little seed/ Dropped in a hole") through its development and eventual blossoming as a bright sunflower. Folk-influenced, full-bleed watercolors balance facing pages where brief lyrical phrases and small circular insets float on white space. One Little Lamb applies this formula to a rural setting where a lamb's wool is sheared, carded and spun; a girl uses the wool to knit "two little mittens I wear on my hands," which she wears when visiting the flock. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureThis delightful story describes how you can take one little lamb, some wool, a pair of knitting needles and make mittens. The little girl in the story wears the mittens when she visits a farm that has little lambs. The illustrations are inviting and very colorful. Ms. Greenstein's simple approach should captivate young readers. Although listed for children 1 and up, the pages were too delicate for my one-year-old. I believe that this would make a great board book for 1 year olds, but not a picture book. Nonetheless, older children will certainly enjoy the illustrations and text of this book. This is a good book for libraries. 2004, Viking/a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 up.
Gilda R. Daniels
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-In these companion books, readers follow the progression of a lamb's wool being transformed into a pair of mittens and a seed growing into a sunflower. Greenstein's softly hued watercolors are enhanced by some scratchboard techniques. The texts appear in large type with spot art sharing each verso and facing a full-page painting. However, the tenses, the subjects of the verbs, and the points of view shift erratically from page to page without any punctuation, making the narratives more like captions than stories unfolding. "One little seed/dropped in a hole/watered and loved/roots unfurl/sprout uncurls/stretch in rain/weed and watch/bud bursts out/sun shines bright/blooms blossom/one little seed is picked." Sweet books with appealing art and flawed texts.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.40(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 6 Years
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