Imprint: Candlewick Studio
Another timely book – certainly for us – as we’ve been re-invigorating and re-planting our veggie patch after a long hot summer. Magical seeds are popping up in the propagator on our front verandah waiting until they are sturdy enough to be planted out in the bed.
But this book is not just about the wonder of seeds in the literal sense. It also speaks to our little people about figurative seeds – the seeds of anger which can quickly flare up into nasty weeds but also the seeds of kindness and those of smiles which we should all be sowing liberally. (Lord knows we could use a lot of that in some sectors of society at present!)
This is a beautiful book which moves from scientific explanation of seeds undergoing their transformations to a philosophical metaphors for human emotions and behaviour seamlessly. Definitely one worth adding to your classroom program on either basis as there will much rich discussion ensuing.
Most children love gardening and growing things – even the too-cool teen is still keen to garden (in fact she’s just helped spread two large bags of horse manure over the veggie patch!). The wonder of watching plants erupt from tiny capsules is one that never loses its joy.
Why not combine your reading and philosophy with some science-based work (gotta love cross-curricular topics!)?
Highly recommended for little people from ELC upwards.
Ford St Publishing
Have you ever had your children (or grandies) garden with you? I used to garden with my girls and now I have my beautiful granddaughter growing up here also loving planting and watching things grow. She especially loved planting radish seeds to spell her name and only having to wait a few days to see the results!
Juliet M Sampson has utterly captured the magic of that moment of watching the transformation of a seed into a thing of beauty and wonder.
Little Grace loves helping her favourite neighbour in her garden and especially feeding the pet parrot, Polly, his delicious stripy seeds. When Grace wonders aloud where these delicacies come from, Mrs Marino suggests planting one. Grace is enthralled and shares her excitement with her friends and family.
Grace’s joy when her sunflower blooms and does indeed seek the sun each day is truly super stuff to share with young readers (oh how I wish they could all experience this amazing transformation!). Of course, not only is Grace’s mystery seed the foundation of her joy in the flower, but the sunflower will keep on giving – seeds to her friends and to Polly.
I lament the fact that so many children no longer have this glorious joy and I’m personally so glad I have been able to share it with my own children and grandchildren.
Why not inspire your young readers to do likewise? I am planning now to start a seed or two in our library after the holidays and hand out some to kick off some young reader’s own nature journeys.
Highly recommended for readers from around five years upwards and check out the teaching notes here. GROW your readers now!
Bloomsbury Publishing Australia
Imprint: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
In my experience children love to garden and they are fascinated to see seeds sprout and grow – especially when they can eat the end results!
This charming book with a very simple but engaging rhyming text and fabulous richly coloured illustrations will be very well received by young gardeners, particularly as it gives information on planting the seeds mentioned. Whether big or small, pointed or round, fluffy or striped each seed is a wonder is itself and the surprises that arrive are always exciting.
Containing four gatefold pages opening up to examine those larger plants like the always popular sunflower or a huge pine tree this will provide real entertainment and learning for little readers.
Highly recommended for readers from about 3 upwards.