From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-This lovely picture book describes in simple terms the process by which plants flower, create seeds, and bear fruit, and shows the various stages in stunning, life-sized detail on lush, tri-fold pages. Schaefer takes readers into a garden, orchard, berry patch, and field to explain how peas, raspberries, corn, peaches, peanuts, and pumpkins grow-all beginning with flowers. This creative approach illustrates the plants' growth, maturation, and various types of pollination. George's photo-realistic artwork delights the eye and engages the other senses as well, though there is never a yellow leaf or a garden pest in sight. The concepts presented are not easy ones and a bit of abstraction is required, but the explanations are solid. Youngsters will want to rush out, buy some packets of seeds, and get their hands dirty. Growing instructions for the featured plants are appended.Luann Toth, School Library Journal
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PreS-Gr. 1. This attractive lift-the-flap title offers a basic introduction to plant growth. On each spread, rhythmic, poetic text describes a plant's flower or husk and shows a cross section that reveals the seeds inside. A few lines of text explain a plant's growth, and then the page folds out to reveal the mature plant--peas, raspberries, corn, peanuts, and so on--accompanied by a bouncy refrain, "where once a flower bloomed." Plenty of facts are left unexplained (for example, What is the relationship between pollen and the developing flowers and seeds?), but the simple, appealing text shows the basic progression of flower to fruit, and George's inviting, realistic color art brings youngsters up close to plants that produce familiar foods. Back matter gives gardening directions for the featured plants, and a final illustration counts through the months for preschoolers learning the seasons. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved