A Seed Is Sleepy
Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle.
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****PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books LLC, 2007. ****AWARDS/NOTES OF INTEREST:Aston has written six other picture books of acclaim, including A Egg is Quiet, which is done in the same style as A Seed.****SYNOPSIS: A non-fiction books that gives wonderful information about seeds and breathtaking illustrations. Each page is filled with text, captions, and labels illustrated like a scrapbook or a letter. The book goes through the many things that a "seed is", an concludes by explaining that a "sleepy" seed awakes when it finally blooms. A mix of challenging vocabulary and vibrant pictures that would make for excellent individual study or enrichment.****LIKES/DISLIKES: I cannot believe the artistry in the illustrations. Mostly watercolor and calligraphy, the pictures present information like a piece of art and make learning a very enjoyable experience. The information is also practical, and displays many examples in the drawings with names.****CLASSROOM IDEAS: I would challenge the students to select on of the many seeds described in the book (or even shown on the end pages) and to create a watercolor diagram of the seed and to label its parts. This will show students that science can also be beautiful and that, while learning about their plant, they should be appreciating the ways it is different from other plants.