From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Buddy Bear gets a package from Grandpa that contains five bags of different activities with seeds. From them, he learns how seeds grow, plants some, glues down and labels some others in a collection, decorates a picture frame with beans, and feeds the birds. His collection grows through the week as he saves seeds from various foods that he eats. The artwork consists of cut-paper collages with shadowing and life-sized photos of real seeds that look as though they can be picked right off the pages. The story is entertaining and educational. The theme and pictures will appeal to children, although the text is a little lengthy for beginning readers. Pair this with Ruth Krauss's Carrot Seed
(HarperCollins, 1945) and Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed
(S & S, 1991). An excellent pick for information and enjoyment.–Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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K-Gr. 3. Buddy Bear's grandfather sends him five colorful bags, each with different contents and activities. The first holds glue, markers, paper, and a small sack of seeds for Buddy to sort and glue onto paper, making a seed collection. The second includes six cards showing a germinating seed. As Buddy puts them in order, Mama explains the growth process, using simple terms as well as a few longer ones, such as embryonic
. The other bags contain a bird feeder, a frame to decorate with seeds, and a planter complete with dirt, seeds, and decorations. Most of the well-composed illustrations are cut-paper collages, but a page with photographs ("Buddy's Seed Collection") appears at intervals, each time displaying a larger collection of actual seeds such as corn, radish, pumpkin, apple, pear, sunflower, and strawberry. Though the fictional narrative will place this volume in library picture-book collections, it offers a good deal of information. Clearly written and brightly illustrated, this will be an appealing addition to classroom units on seeds and germination. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved