Sunflowers, Magnolia Trees & Other Flowering Plants

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This book introduces you to a well-known group of plants, from bright sunflowers to beautiful magnolia trees. It explores the history of flowering plants and examines the way flowering plants reproduce and obtain energy. It also looks at the various uses for flowering plants, including decoration and agriculture. Did You Know?
• Flowering plants make up about 90 percent of the species in the plant kingdom.
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Overview

This book introduces you to a well-known group of plants, from bright sunflowers to beautiful magnolia trees. It explores the history of flowering plants and examines the way flowering plants reproduce and obtain energy. It also looks at the various uses for flowering plants, including decoration and agriculture. Did You Know?
• Flowering plants make up about 90 percent of the species in the plant kingdom.
• The largest flowering plant, the Amorphophallus titanium, can grow to 12 feet (3.7 meters) long.
• There are about 250,000 species of flowering plants.
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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Flowering plants and their wide variety of types are introduced in clear, concise text. A double-page spread features a photograph of lovely cherry blossoms. Each of the following eighteen chapters appear on two facing pages and are chock full of information. Featuring between five and eight colorful photographs, the accompanying text provides pertinent information in a reader-friendly style. Flowering plants are defined and their origins explained. Parts of plants are shown and their inner functions, such as photosynthesis, are described. The process of reproduction and plant growth are explained through several chapters relating to pollination, seeds, and cotyledons. Forests, grasslands, wetlands, and deserts each support different kinds of flowering plants. Plant products such as foods, medicines, oils, and fuel crops are briefly mentioned. Some of the threats to plant life are habitat loss, extinct insect populations, and problem weeds. This book contains charts showing the Classification of Life and Groups of Flowering Plants. It also includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. It is a good introductory resource for middle grade students. Part of the "Kingdom Classification" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Gr 7-9–This series gives an overview of a few of the main classifications of living things. Packed with text, photos, micrographs, and insets, these titles will compel readers to look closely. The main text meanders through the loaded pages providing background information, while visuals with italicized captions provide examples and detail. Scientific terms are often defined in the text and used again in later pages. Each spread focuses on a single aspect of the life-form and either moves through the life cycle or presents variations of the classification. Final spreads examine beneficial and harmful varieties. The books close with an overview of scientific classification with a specific example. With its compelling facts and visuals, this is a quality choice.
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