Seeds

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SEEDS!
SEEDS!
SEEDS!
From summer's flourishing flowers to autumn's succulent fruits, everything begins with a tiny little seed.
In this fascinating chronicle, young readers will learn how seeds grow, and how they vary in shape, size, and dispersal patterns. From cherry pits to exploding pods, to sticktight seeds that cling to your shoes, ...

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SEEDS!
SEEDS!
SEEDS!
From summer's flourishing flowers to autumn's succulent fruits, everything begins with a tiny little seed.
In this fascinating chronicle, young readers will learn how seeds grow, and how they vary in shape, size, and dispersal patterns. From cherry pits to exploding pods, to sticktight seeds that cling to your shoes, acclaimed photographer and author Ken Robbins illuminates how wondrous nature springs up throughout the year before our very eyes.

From flowers to fruits, everything begins with a tiny seed. Young readers will learn how seeds grow, and how they vary in shape, size, and dispersal patterns. From cherry pits to exploding pods, to sticktight seeds that cling to your shoes, acclaimed photographer and author Ken Robbins illuminates how wondrous nature springs up throughout the year before our very eyes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Robbins chooses a wide variety of seeds, some more common than others, to illustrate and discuss. In the simplest of language, in large readable type, he explains some basic facts about these seeds and the conditions under which they become plants. The many seeds of pumpkins and melons contrast with the single pits of cherries and plums. Corn and wheat are seeds of particular grasses. He shows how some seeds are spread to a place where they can take root and grow. Finally, the reader is encouraged to try to grow an avocado plant from its pit or seed. The color photographs which portray the seeds and their sources are remarkable for their ability to convey information with clarity without losing their esthetic qualities: the pattern of bending wheat heads in a field; the flock of descending maple seeds with their wings called samaras or the clouds of dandelion seeds; even the pair of coconuts floating out to sea. Knowledge is delivered in a pleasurable package in this title. 2005, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, Ages 5 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Zoom in on some of the most common seeds and learn a few facts along the way. From dandelions and berries, to coconuts and wheat, this is a springboard for conversations about how seeds form, grow, and travel, but cannot stand on its own for those facts. It's the pictures that make this text work. The photography is excellent, allowing readers to see both the bigger picture of each plant, and extreme close-ups of the individual seeds. These show the colors, textures, and sometimes even the fast motions of the seeds. Teachers will wish that Robbins had placed more emphasis on general seed facts, but overall this is a good beginning and a great resource in its photographs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689850417
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/21/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 332,826
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Robbins specializes in photographic nonfiction books on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to autumn leaves. His book Tools, with its trademark hand-tinted photographs was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. His books for Atheneum include Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer, Trucks, Thunder on the Plains, and Apples. Mr. Robbins lives in East Hampton, Long Island.

Ken Robbins specializes in photographic nonfiction books on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to autumn leaves. His book Tools, with its trademark hand-tinted photographs was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. His books for Atheneum include Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer, Trucks, Thunder on the Plains, and Apples. Mr. Robbins lives in East Hampton, Long Island.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    Seeds a wonderful book by Diane, Teacher, Wife, and Mother of 4.

    Seeds by Ken Robbins
    This is a great book to use if you are teaching about seeds. The pictures are actual photos of seeds. There are eighteen seeds the author writes about in this book. The author writes about pumpkin seeds, fruit seeds, milkweed seeds, and many more. It has brillant colors, and a great, clear photo of each seed. I would recommend this book for K-1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    An approach at understanding the reality and nature of human behavior

    Seeds, by Georges Kassabgi, is one man¿s exploration of the reality and nature of human behavior. Like the great philosophers, Kassabgi, enjoys the stimulation of a good debate. I was reminded of reading about the Symposiums of Ancient Greece where the main entertainment was thinking, debating, and the discussion of ideas. While I think looking back at where we come from can be helpful in guiding us to where we are going. I suppose I am usually like the man that said, ¿To take action is far more interesting, not to mention fun, than to philosophize about love, ethics, war, or survival¿with limited knowledge, in all cases. I am always at peace when I am repairing something, in or around the house, or taking my sailboat out across the lake.¿ However, this book has successfully made me think. Perhaps I have always been to willing to accept the opinions of others to easily. If I correctly understand Mr. Kassabgi, he feels that the farther back we go the more we will understand of nature and human behavior. I found the cartoons and diagrams particularly helpful as they made a complex issue much easier to understand. Included in Seeds is poetry and a short story. Georges Kassabgi is an extremely clever author searching for an intellectual conversation. Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com 10/07

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