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Gr 1-4 - Another contemplative look at the natural world from the pair who created An Egg Is Quiet(Chronicle, 2006). This introduction to seeds and plants uses simple sentences that will stretch children's minds and imaginations. Each spread is devoted to the seed's many attributes, including adventurous, inventive, generous, ancient, and clever. The text then builds on these descriptors with interesting facts: "It knows to seek the sunlight...." The author does not shy away from words that children may be unfamiliar with; rather, she constructs sentences that define these words in terms that children can understand: "Not all seeds are eager to germinate. Some have lain dormant, or slept undisturbed, for more than a thousand years." Long's ink-and-watercolor sketches, full of rich color and intricate detail, merit high praise. Readers not yet familiar with cursive writing may experience some difficulty deciphering portions of the text independently, but this book is a wonderful addition to units that focus not only on seeds and plants, but also on writing and the language arts.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MACopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
"This introduction to seeds and plants uses simple sentences that will stretch children's minds and imaginations . a wonderful addition to units that focus not only on seeds and plants, but also on writing and the language arts." School Library Journal,Starred Review
"...will pull children into basic botany...and encourage kids to wonder about the plant world's mysterious, gorgeous spectrum of possibilities." Booklist, March 15, 2007
Posted June 7, 2012
Posted February 21, 2010
I am a preschool teacher of 30 years and I am always looking for new and interesting books that teach as well as entertain. This book has beautiful illustrations and the writing is simple and elegant. This will be on my library shelf for many years to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2011
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