Sunflower House

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Sunflower seeds sown in a circle?and watered, weeded, and watched?eventually grow into a beautiful sunflower house with lots of room inside for three friends and their imaginations. When summer?s over and the sunflowers fall, the friends save seeds to plant next spring. ?Primary and preschool teachers will find this a colorful, child-appealing addition to units on plants.??Booklist

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Sunflower seeds sown in a circle—and watered, weeded, and watched—eventually grow into a beautiful sunflower house with lots of room inside for three friends and their imaginations. When summer’s over and the sunflowers fall, the friends save seeds to plant next spring. “Primary and preschool teachers will find this a colorful, child-appealing addition to units on plants.”—Booklist

A young boy creates a summer playhouse by planting sunflowers and saves the seeds to make another house the next year.

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"Lyrical rhyming text with lush illustrations.”—American Bookseller
"Creative and charming.”—School Library Journal
"Primary and preschool teachers will find this a colorful, child-appealing addition to units on plants.”—Booklist
Children's Literature - Wendy Ricci
Rich watercolor and colored pencil illustrations display the sun-drenched setting of the beautiful outdoors as a young boy creates a summer playhouse made from sunflowers that he planted. The story is told in rhyming verse, and it follows the boy and his friends through a whole summer of fun and make-believe in their sunflower house. In the fall, when the sunflowers begin to fade, the children decide to save some of the seeds to plant the following year. Sharp-eyed readers may notice the wide scattering of seeds that occurs in the last scene and deduce that the following summer will yield an even larger bunch of flowers where the children play.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Another story about the life cycle of growing things-in this case, mammoth sunflowers-planted in a way that captures the imagination. A young boy plants the seeds in a large circle. He waters them and waits patiently until they grow taller than himself, with huge nodding blossoms that form a perfect "sunflower house." He and two friends play in the "house" all summer, even sleeping in it one night, until the leaves turn brown and the stems fall down. Then they fill their pockets with the seeds, the birds eat some, and the rest are left on the ground to grow again next summer. Bunting's idea is creative and charming, with poetic and romantic aspects. Unfortunately, the text, written in rhymed couplets, is not wholly successful. At times, the rhyme scheme seems strained and the meter becomes singsongy. The bright illustrations, done in watercolor and colored pencil, are reminiscent of this team's Flower Garden (Harcourt, 1994). They are realistic and add interesting details that extend the brief text. Despite its flaws, the book could spark an interest in the cycle of nature.-Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
Carolyn Phelan
A little boy plants sunflower seeds in a big circle. He cares for them and watches them grow into a round wall of stems with golden flowers at the top. After playing in the "sunflower house" all summer, he and his friends collect the seeds from the dying plants to sow for next summer's flowers. Rhymed couplets written in first person express the boy's determination, surprise, and delight as he weaves his own play into the sunflowers' cycle from seed to seed. The watercolor-and-colored pencil artwork shows a variety of perspectives, from cross sections of the seed sprouting underground to moonlit scenes of children sleeping out in the sunflower house. Primary and preschool teachers will find this a colorful, child-appealing addition to units on plants. Parents should prepare for spring planting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152004835
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.39 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.

Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com .

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  • Posted April 13, 2014

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    Sunflowers and Spring/Summer- What a pair

    I do a gardening project every year with my pre-k class. Somehow I had never read this book until this spring. Sunflowers are plentiful in Texas and children find them easy to recognize. This book was easy for them to identify with and built on their prior knowledge of how plants grow and how they can impact them in their own environment. It is a great story any child would enjoy. Who doesn't love outdoor sleep-overs and secret spaces to play in? Put this in a gift basket with a bag of sunflower seeds and a drink. They'll love it.

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