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A Weed Is a Seed Hardcover – April 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Library Binding edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395722918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395722916
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Optimism runneth over in this picture book about finding all the silver linings that nature has to offer. In rhyming verse, Wolff (The Emperor's Garden) points out the down side of such natural wonders as moths, sand, earthworms and air, and then extolls their virtues: "A breeze brings a sneeze/ to a sensitive nose/ that gets itches from roses and hay. / But a breeze in the trees/ and a cool lemonade/ ease the heat of a bright summer day." Readers may find themselves in the middle of a page-turning guessing game here, since positive and negative points never appear on the same spread. Debut artist Pedersen's loosely composed watercolor and ink artwork possesses a whimsical, lightly comic spirit that prevents the book from becoming overly Pollyanna-ish. An effective food-for-thought exercise inspired by Mother Nature. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2?As a family works and plays through the year, they discover how many things can be looked at in two different ways. "A breeze brings a sneeze/ to a sensitive nose/ that gets itches from roses and hay./ But a breeze in the trees/ and a cool lemonade/ ease the heat of a bright summer day." This pattern of rhyme is carried throughout the book, with the negative perspective on each right-hand page and the positive side revealed on the overleaf. The watercolor- and-ink cartoon illustrations are lively and great fun. Subjects such as sand, sun, and rain fit more easily into the mold than darkness and hills. But the rhymes are pleasing to the ear, and the concept of looking at things from various points of view could generate a thoughtful discussion.?Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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