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Look for the SECRET hidden inside . . .

Plants come in all shapes and sizes, but they go through the same stages as they grow. Using four common plants, young readers learn about a plant's life cycles. Simple text and colorful illustrations show the major phases of plant growth: seed, plant, flower, and fruit. Back matter offers more information on each plant, as well as on each stage of growth.

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Overview

Look for the SECRET hidden inside . . .

Plants come in all shapes and sizes, but they go through the same stages as they grow. Using four common plants, young readers learn about a plant's life cycles. Simple text and colorful illustrations show the major phases of plant growth: seed, plant, flower, and fruit. Back matter offers more information on each plant, as well as on each stage of growth.

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Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
An interesting book that informs as it describes the secret each plant holds. The beautiful illustrations show what the gardener can look forward to. Author Emily Goodman describes plants, their foliage and how different they look when they mature. She explains the elements needed by each plant to grow and the secret each plant holds. The beautiful, colorful fruits have a secret, too. Plants go through various stages and certain ones are more appealing to people than others. Goodman also explains the elements needed for fruit, vegetables and trees to grow well. Although plants are different, we learn facts that make them mature into the vegetation they were meant to become. Goodman's book is in sync with current recommendations for citizens to raise their own food. Even the first family can be seen planting a garden at the White House. When children become interested early in different kinds of plants, they will more likely develop a desire to have their own garden when they are old enough. This is Goodman's first Picture Book and we hope it will not be her last. Not only is this book attractive and interesting, it answers questions often asked on science tests for early learners. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
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Children will look at plants with new eyes after reading this fresh introduction. The plant cycle is introduced, beginning and ending with seeds. After a short description of the many variations of a particular stage, the next page states, "But all these [plants, flowers, fruits, etc.] have a SECRET." Readers are asked if they can identify four key plants (peas, oak trees, tomatoes, roses) at each transition. Using recognizable descriptions, e.g., "round, like plates" or "like balls of fuzz" and getting no more scientific than "pollen," the text will draw readers into the wonder of the topic. Bold color-coded headings introduce each of the four stages. Realistic spot illustrations, beginning with the endpapers, present the variety described in the text. Only the closing endpapers include labels but identification of the other plants, both common and unusual, could be part of the fun. At each transition, the four key plants are framed by the lens of a magnifying glass. End matter includes further detail about each stage and the plant that represents it, e.g., peas for seeds, oak trees for plants, roses for flowers, and tomatoes for fruit. Use this well-designed volume as a the perfect launch to a unit on plants.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

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Seeds, plants, flowers, fruit. Did you know all of these have secrets? Shown a selection of seeds, readers are told, "But all of these seeds have a secret." A turn of the page and the secret is revealed: "Hidden inside each seed is a tiny new plant." The next sections similarly cover plants, then flowers and fruit. Although a variety of plant materials are shown, the focus throughout narrows to pea, tomato, oak and rose. Employing a repetitive secret-sharing theme, this very simple introduction to botany combines brief, succinct text with attractive, detailed gouache illustrations. By not specifically identifying which plant, seed or flower is which among the four profiled varieties, readers are given the opportunity to make their own educated guesses. After the last delicious secret is revealed-that seeds are hidden inside each fruit-a more detailed afterword provides additional information about the four types of plants that were covered. Brief enough to appeal even to toddlers, this excellent effort also includes sufficient information to entertain and instruct young grade-schoolers. (Informational picture book. 3-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892049
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Goodman, a trained horticulturist, has written for many children's magazines, including Highlights and Apple Seeds. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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