V is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet

V is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet

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by Eugene Gagliano, Elizabeth Traynor
     
 

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Why do onions make us cry? What popular nut really isn't a nut at all? And what makes a forest a rainforest? The answers to these questions and many other fascinating facts can be found in V is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet. Mankind's dependence upon the plant kingdom goes far beyond the food on our table and the air that we breathe. Plants have also

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Why do onions make us cry? What popular nut really isn't a nut at all? And what makes a forest a rainforest? The answers to these questions and many other fascinating facts can be found in V is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet. Mankind's dependence upon the plant kingdom goes far beyond the food on our table and the air that we breathe. Plants have also provided shelter and led to important advances in medicine and science. Using the alphabet, horticulturalist Eugene Gagliano covers a wide range of topics including exotic species and their locations; plants' role in a healthy lifestyle; food crops and the world economy; and the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship in our world today. After reading V is for Venus Flytrap, young readers will be eager to get their hands dirty and their thumbs green!Retired elementary schoolteacher Eugene Gagliano has had a green thumb since boyhood. He has an A.A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and owned a greenhouse business for several years. The author of several books for children including C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet and Four Wheels West: A Wyoming Number Book, Eugene lives in Buffalo, Wyoming. Elizabeth Traynor received her BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work can be seen throughout the country, from book covers, newspapers, and magazines, to ads and packaging. She is a professor of illustration, passing her love and knowledge of the field on to the next generation of artists. Elizabeth lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

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Children's Literature - Barbara Hall
Eugene Gagliano knows from whence he writes. Retired from elementary school teaching after decades of dedication and kudos, he now brings us this clever alphabet book, chocked with horticulture fun facts from A to Z. Some entries, like "K is for Kelp" and "R is for Roses" bring rich minutiae. Alongside the roses, for instance, we learn that wild rose fossils discovered in Colorado and Oregon are no less than 40 million years old. Other entries, perhaps inevitably, are something of a stretch: "Q is for Quick growing plants like bamboo" and "Y is for Your garden," among them. The book's two-tier age range is quite deliberate, say publishers Stone Bear Press. Beginning readers are given simple poems beside each letter, while sidebar expository writing is intended for middle-school researchers. The watercolor illustrations are pleasant enough, and the publishers urge teachers to download guidelines that complement the book. To borrow a phrase from the artist's dedication, "Mille gracie!" for a good book, creative in its addressing two age groups at once. Reviewer: Barbara Hall

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585363506
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
06/26/2009
Series:
Science Alphabet
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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V Is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the money, my friend has it and loves it!