Sam's Sunflower

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The students are planting seeds in pots to see who can grow the tallest sunflower and win a prize. Poor Sam! He doesn't see a sprout; there just doesn't seem to be anything in his pot except dirt. His teacher suggests that the problem may be due to a bird stealing his seed. In one picture readers can see that something is growing outside the schoolyard wall. Could it be Sam's seed? Some pictures give hints, others show emotions in interesting ways—the smiley face on Sam's shirt actually turns into a frown to match Sam's. The potential seed thief is shown on an earlier page and shows up later as everyone gazes at the really tall sunflower that grew from Sam's seed. Now Sam is happy and smiles and so does the face on his shirt. Powell and Boccardo have a nice collaboration in this engaging text and kids will enjoy discovering all of these details. "Tadpoles" is the name given to this series of early readers that kids can read on their own or with adult assistance. Tips are provided to help enrich the reading experience and make it fun. The fifth point listed is one often overlooked—"Give praise! Children learn best in a positive environment." In each title of the series, on the verso of the title page there is a photograph or drawing of the author and illustrator with a comment from each. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778738954
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Series: Tadpoles
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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