Plant Cells: The Building Blocks of Plantsby Darlene R. Stille
Describes plant cells including their parts, what plant cells do, and how they are studied.
Children's LiteratureAn oak tree grows from a simple acorn. A tiny seed sprouts into a banquet of sweet smelling flowers. Human life evolves from a simple fertilized egg. What does all living matter have in common? They exist because of a cell. How amazing that the smallest unit of life, a cell, allows for the basic structure of all living matter. In Plant Cells: The Building Blocks of Plants, Darlene Stille uses colorful photographs, enlightening diagrams, and simple text to expose young readers to the magical world of science. Ms. Stille opens the doors of a scientist's lab and explains how cells gather to create tissue. These tissues work together and make multi-life forms. Simple drawings illustrate the difference between mitosis and meiosis. Imagine how this reference book can turn on the light for many upper elementary to high school students. This well researched book belongs on the shelf of any one interested in learning about cells. Ms. Stille's even adds a simple "Did You Know" questions throughout the book to encourage students to explore more into this interesting world. The simple glossary and index keeps the reader from struggling with hard scientific words and allows them to expand their vocabulary as they learn more. Even adults will find this book interesting. 2006, Capstone/Compass Point Books, Ages 10 up.
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