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Children's LiteraturePollination is the process where seed-bearing plants produce new generations. If plants cannot move around to search for their mates like animals do, how does pollination happen? And, what adaptations have plants made to insure their continuation? Wind, water, animals, and insects help plants reproduce. Flowers might offer tasty nectar to attract insects—but while the insects are feasting on plant nectar, they end up collecting and transporting plant pollen. Other plants might provide waxes, resins, or oils for their insect partners. Some insects have proboscises (very long feeding tubes) to help them reach nectar sources. Scent, color, and ultraviolet patterns are used by plants to attract insects. Some plants, like foul-smelling carrion plants, trick their pollinators into helping them. Yellow or red flowers tend to attract butterflies, while yellow or blue flowers are usually bee favorites. Hoff reminds us just how fragile the earth's cycle of life is as pollen grains smaller than sentence-ending periods represent the life or death of a plant species. Extinction of just one plant means a break in the cycle of life—but humans can have a positive effect on the whole process. Other titles in the "World of Wonder" series include Metamorphosis, Life at Night, and Photosynthesis. 2004, Creative Education, Ages 8 up.