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From Seed to Plant Paperback – March 1, 1993
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I would consider From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons to be a high-quality nonfiction book for children. I focused on five main areas including the cover, content, illustrations, organization, and font, as these are important factors when choosing nonfiction books for children. The cover of this book has the title written in large, green font and it's not too wordy for kids. The illustration on the front cover is very colorful and would be appealing to young children. The content of this book is excellent. Gail Gibbons provides accurate information about plants in this book in a manner that is suitable for children. She researched the topic and worked with Bob Welch of Shearer's Greenhouses in Bradford, Vermont. At the end of the book she presents an exciting project for kids called A "From Seed to Plant" Project that ties in directly with the book. Additionally, she lists fun facts about seeds and plants. For example, did you that some plants eat insects? Kids will love the end sections. The illustrations in this book are outstanding. Many pages even include colorful diagrams such as the parts of a plant and the parts of a seed. There are so many things for children to look at and study on each page of this informative book. The book is organized in a manner that allows it to flow well and it's laid out with young children in mind. The sentences are simple and the pictures correlate with the text to make it easier to understand. The font is appropriate for young readers and important terms are highlighted in large, bold font. I would recommend this book for children as it provides a wealth of information of a seed's journey as it transforms into a plant.
Gibbons, G. (1991). From Seed to Plant. New York, NY: Holiday House.
Stephens, K.E. (2008). A quick guide to selecting great informational books for young children. Readingrockets. [...]
This book may be useful in combination with Johnny Appleseed and A Packet of Seeds. Although this picture book is considered young juvenile, it could be used with higher levels, and worked well with some of my older English language learner students.
The book ends with a "From seed to plant" project planting beans, which may be appropriate for integrating science and math curricular concepts. The book simplifies a hard to understand process and may help prompt some experiments about growing plants under different conditions.
The class could talk about the kinds of crops grown during a particular historical time period and US location. When discussing pioneer history, for example, the students could plant sweet potatoes, which sprout easily in water, to talk about food availability during that historical period. The book may work well with other books--such as the cooking books--when teaching about food and farming.
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Great book for my child for required reading for her third grade class!Published 8 months ago by Charles Cogar
Great! It did come bent in the box :( However, it was a good book.Published 8 months ago by vmelissa