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A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds (Exceptional Nonfiction Titles for Primary Grades) Paperback – January 1, 2006


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reSchool-Grade 2-Richards's carefully worded information provides an excellent introduction to seeds, their purpose, and growth that should be easy for young children to grasp. On each page, one or two short lines of text appear beneath a large painting. Hariton's use of bright watercolors adds sensual appeal to her illustrations of various fruits, vegetables, animals, and habitats. This cleverly presented book can be used as a read-aloud discussion starter, as a prelude to planting seeds and observing their growth, or in preparation for dissecting fruits and vegetables in order to find the seeds inside. Two final pages in question-and-answer format offer more tidbits of information about seeds. Tiny silhouette people and suitcases parading across the bottom of the pages visually emphasize the suitcase theme in a manner that is appropriate for the intended audience. Allan Fowler's From Seed to Plant (Children's, 2001) presents similar material and is accompanied by color photos and diagrams. Helene J. Jordan's How a Seed Grows (HarperCollins, 1992) and Gail Gibbons's From Seed to Plant (Holiday, 1991), both of them a bit more sophisticated, contain additional information on how seeds grow into plants and would make great companions to Richards's book.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Exceptional Nonfiction Titles for Primary Grades
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: First Avenue Editions (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822559919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822559917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By N. Karre on June 13, 2010
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Although beautifully illustrated and well written, the book is full of misconceptions. Seeds, for example, only require the proper temperature and moisture to germinate and not soil and sunlight. The explanation as to why seeds do not grow in our stomachs is ludicrous! Teachers and students alike have germinated seeds in plastic bags, closets, and drawers with great success. There is also no sunlight beneath the surface of the soil, where most seeds germinate. The author needs to concentrate on fiction and acting and not try to educate young learners in scientific content.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet L. on April 12, 2008
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I bought A Fruit Is A Suitcase for Seeds as a gift for my son's preschool classroom during their spring study of plants, seeds, and gardening. It makes a great read-a-loud for ages two to six. The narrative is well worded, kid-friendly, and not too verbose. They served apples as the snack that day and the kids saved their seeds and planted them in handmade pots of recycled newspaper- several apple trees have sprouted!
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This book has exquisite illustrations which enable young readers to understand about seeds in their own world of experience.
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I find this book to be a great tool to use when teaching students about fruit.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma in PA on September 13, 2009
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The children's book presents a new idea: a suitcase! It is a lovely piece of book, with information that children might not receive from adults. It is inventive and witty.
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