Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: A Seed is the Start by Melissa Stewart


Beautiful photography and lyrical text pair with comprehensive picture captions in award-winning author Melissa Stewart's story about the surprisingly diverse world of seeds. Learn all about the plant cycle, from how seeds grow, the fascinating ways they travel, and what it takes for a seed to become a plant.

Meet seeds that pop, hop, creep, and explode in this vividly illustrated introduction to the simplest concepts of botany. The story, which is perfect for elementary school Common Core learning, carefully highlights the many ways that seeds get from here to there, engaging children's curiosity with strong action verbs. Stunning photographs with fact-packed captions provide supporting details, explaining the role of seed features and functions in creating new generations of plants. Complete with an illustrated glossary and back matter featuring more resources, this book inspires wonder as it encourages budding botanists of all ages to look with new eyes at plants and their seeds.


I learned a lot about the different ways that seeds travel in this book.  I knew about animals eating them and then depositing them in various locations in their poop.  I knew about seeds that fly thanks to light fluffy hairs.  I learned bout seeds that spin and slide, seeds that tumble and spill, seeds that travel by water, and seeds that POP!  The text is written in such a way that the book can be used with multiple age groups.  Use the large text with younger students, the middle white text with slightly older students, and the full text with older students.  The beautiful design of the book and the typically gorgeous National Geographic photographs make this a wonderful book for sharing and teaching about the wonderful world of seeds.


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