Tuesday, April 23, 2019

PICTURE BOOKS: From Tree to Sea/Trees/Seeds Move


ABOUT THE BOOK

From the edge of the sea to a high mountain top, everything has its place in the world and all living things are connected. The world around us has a lot to tell us if we take the time to look and listen. This tender and comforting picture book celebrates the wisdom in many of the things great and small that make up our wonderful world.

REVIEW

This wonderful book takes the reader on a journey through some of the beautiful scenery that nature offers us.  The natural world has much to teach us if we are willing to listen and pay attention.  The author shares the things that she sees when she looks at the world around her.  For example, she points out that bees can teach us the value of working together for the common good.  Soil supports plants and roots and other growing things. Humans can support each other in similar ways.  One of my favorite parts was where she pointed out that like whales our dreams can be enormous, yet "I can take only small strokes one at a time to make them come true".  The comparison between a large whale and a tiny rowboat is especially striking.  A beautifully ode to the natural world and the value that exists there for those willing to see it.  


ABOUT THE BOOK
 
Every tree has its own story to tell in this evocative collection of poems celebrating the many varieties—from maple to willow to oak.

There are so many different kinds of trees in the world, and each has special qualities that make it unique. This lyrical, fanciful collection of poems celebrates the singular beauty of each tree, from the gnarled old apple tree to the tall and graceful aspen.


REVIEW

I have a special appreciation for trees.  I think they are beautiful and an important part of the world we live in.  This book highlights several different kinds of trees with a poem and illustration.  It's a gorgeous piece of work, rather a piece of art in my opinion. For some of the illustrations the book has to be turned sideways because the glorious height of the tree is being portrayed.  Each illustration also shows a child enjoying the benefits of that particular type of tree.  A wonderful book that pays homage to importance and varying roles of trees in the natural world. 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Discover the fascinating and surprising ways that seeds move and find a place to grow in this gorgeous picture book from Caldecott Honoree Robin Page.

Every seed, big or small, needs sunlight, water, and an uncrowded place to put down roots. But how do seeds get to the perfect place to grow? This exploration of seed dispersal covers a wide range of seeds and the creatures that help them move, from a coconut seed floating on waves to an African grass seed rolled by a dung beetle, to a milkweed seed floating on the wind.
  


REVIEW

Robin Page has written another beautiful book about the natural world.  This book focuses on how seeds move from place to place before sprouting and growing into a full size plant.  Each two page spread focuses on one kind of seed dispersal such as burrowing or rolling or sinking with additional information about the specific seed being shown.  This is not only a beautiful book, which is to be expected from a Caldecott Honoree, but it beautifully teaches an important concept.  This is a book that is bound to be used by many teachers in their efforts to help children understand seeds and plants and how human beings interact with and effect both. 

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