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Seed, Soil, Sun: Earth's Recipe for Food Hardcover – November 1, 2010

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Gr 1-3–This introduction to how seeds become food is a standout in a widely covered field. Clearly written in simple language, the narrative is often poetic as the growth of seeds planted in soil, watered by rain, and powered by the sun is explained. The photographs throughout are crisp and vibrant. The close-ups are stunning, from the fragile-looking leaf breaking through impenetrable-looking dirt clods to the fuzzy hairs of brand-new leaves, backlit by the sun. The transformation of a corn seed that can be held between a child's fingers into a mature plant that the child needs to stand on a step ladder to reach is succinctly accomplished in one paragraph and three photographs. The partnership of farmers and seeds, soil and sun is highlighted in this accessible explanation of this agricultural cycle.–Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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After establishing that most of our food comes from seeds that grow with the help of soil and sunlight, this straightforward book talks a little about each element in the title, how it relates to the growing plant, and how photosynthesis allows the plant to make energy. The last few pages tell how we consume the plants’ stored energy as food: “When you eat lettuce, you are eating a leaf. When you eat celery, you are eating a stem,” and so on. The book concludes with a short source bibliography and a good recommended-reading list. The simple, direct text is well matched with the clear color photos that illustrate the book. Posed photos of children holding plants, earthworms, soil, and foods are interspersed with equally well-composed, well-lit pictures of growing plants and other scenes of farm life. A good starting place for learning about the process by which seeds grow into the foods we eat. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590787137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590787137
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa S. Bircher on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an interesting presentation of the cycle of plant growth that provides the basis for our food sources. The text includes description of the importance of good soil, good weather, and the power of photosynthesis to produce plants (including leaves, stems, flowers, fruit, roots and seeds) that we eat everyday. It is told in straightforward concise text that is age-level appropriate (ages 4-7) while not being patronizing.

I believe this text would provide an excellent basis for a science lesson on photosynthesis at the early elementary grades (K-2). It contains bold, colorful pictures that allow the children to see the points discussed in the text. It is also provides suggestions for further reading at the end of the book that are also age appropriate (such as Gail Gibbons' From Seed to Plant). This book would allow the student to learn about the production of food but also to find other appropriate books to extend learning about the miracle of food production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book belongs on your child's bookshelf, next to Aliki's "Corn is Maize." Corn Is Maize (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

The Aliki book has been my go-to book for how seeds grow for a long time, but look out -- "Seed Soil Sun" is going to knock your socks off.

With photographs of kids on a Nebraska farms doing things like holding seedlings and showing off worms, the large format book is great for visual kids. BIG photographs on every page.
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By bc on January 2, 2013
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The photographs are beautiful, but I was thinking there would be more information in this book to use as a teaching tool.
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By redwood on April 12, 2015
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I bought this book for my little great grandson very nice. thank you
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