Plants in Spring


In spring, seeds are planted. Sprouts pop up through the soil. Colorful flowers bloom. See how plants come to life in spring.

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In spring, seeds are planted. Sprouts pop up through the soil. Colorful flowers bloom. See how plants come to life in spring.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
From the “All About Spring” series, this book supports science and social studies education while helping children learn through the use of repetition, subject-specific vocabulary, and large, photographic images that support the text. This volume describes and illustrates plants in spring. The photographs span over a page each and magnify a single subject; each provides a clear, simplified illustration of the text topic. One highlight includes a cross-section picture of growing seedlings in which the roots are visible under the dirt. In addition, the volume contains a table of contents, a glossary, a list of books and Internet sites for interested readers, and an index. The vocabulary is well chosen, though it would be nice if words from the glossary were highlighted in context throughout the text. Rustad’s narrative follows plants from seed to growth, pollination, fruit, and back to seed. This implies a cycle, yet the message is muddled by the fact that different plant varieties are shown at each step. Furthermore, it is unclear how this fits within season cycles. The text implies that all growth takes place in spring, without delineating how some of the steps of plant development (e.g., ripe apple) are found in summer or fall. The book ends with a question, engaging readers to apply what they have learned and reinforcing the concepts. This volume also ties in nicely with the other volumes of the series, repeating concepts and expanding them to concentrate specifically on plants. For example, other volumes mention how days lengthen, but this volume describes how this promotes plant growth. Altogether, this book is part of a simple yet thoughtful science series for young readers. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 7.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429693622
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: All about Spring Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,135,860
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.18 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than one hundred nonfiction children's books, on topics ranging from baby ducks to black holes to ancient Babylon. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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Table of Contents

New Season 4

From Sunlight to Food 10

From Flowers to Fruit 14

Glossary 22


Internet Sites 23

Index 24

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