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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Unseen and unheralded, roots lead a secret life under the soil, anchoring and nourishing the leafy, spiny, flowery, fruiting bodies that soothe our eyes and shade our backyards. Palm, pine or maple,/it always is true–/half of the tree/will be hidden from you. Kudlinski's brief rhyming text describes them, from the tiniest root hairs to the strongest taproots, sucking up the water that makes its way up the trunk, out through branches and twigs, and into the leaves and beyond. Or, in the case of some vegetables, the roots themselves become edible, such as carrots and beets. Unfortunately, the mineral nutrients carried in that water are not mentioned, nor is photosynthesis, and potatoes are tubers (which are not exactly roots). The simple text is accompanied by abundantly green oil-and-acrylic spreads that keep perfect step. While Franklyn M. Branley's golden oldie Roots Are Food Finders (HarperCollins, 1975) is far more informative, this is an appealing purchase.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kathleen Kudlinski is the author of 40 children s books. Her works range from picture books to YA and include natural history, biographies and historical novels. When not writing, she is a popular speaker and writing instructor. Building on a BS in Biology and six years of classroom teaching experience, Kathleen later trained as a "Master Teaching Artist" with the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and also presents at regional and national conferences. Now she eagerly Skypes with classroom, book, and homeschool groups worldwide. She writes at home beside a deep, wild lake in Guilford, CT, or at her woodland cabin in Weathersfield, VT. Her household includes a naturalist husband, a sweet old pit bull, and a rescue macaw.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc; Reprint edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155971980X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559719803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my inquisitive 3-1/2 year old. I love books that teach her about nature and the world around us. The rhyming text can be a little awkward at times, but the illustrations are very nice. Sometimes we just look at the pictures in the book and talk about what we see and how plants grow.
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See my complete review with links and resources at: http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot.com/2015/11/what-do-roots-do.html
The book, What Do Roots Do?, grabbed my attention as one of the books on display at Bristol Public Library. I love using the library to preview books to see if I like them.

I really like the illustrations in the book, especially the title with the roots dangling down from the word ROOTS. Throughout the book, the illustrations are detailed and engaging, showcasing various habitats and places. I also really like how various concepts are illustrated, like the variety of roots in the garden and a comparison page of different trees with roots on one page spread.

The book uses a rhyming text to share information about roots. From reading the book, I learn that roots:
Hold plants up straight in the wind
Hold plants growing on a slant
Keep plants in place if we're walking or playing on a plant (we play on plants? Of course--grass, trees, and more!)
Plants use roots to drink
Plants use tubes to send the water to other parts of the plant
Plants may have rootlets, taproots, a trunk, branches, twigs, and leaves
Extra water "blows away on a breeze"
Half of a tree is hidden underground in the form of roots
Plants will usually die if we break off the roots
We can care for plants by not digging them up
We can water plants to help care for them
We eat some underground roots, like carrots, potatoes, and radishes
Cactus roots spread out far to find precious water
Water lilies have roots in the ground under the water

I love how it ends, reminding us of the complexity of a plant!
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This book will be used in conjunction with Stems and Roots so that the children will understand the importance of roots and where they are located. This is a great book to use when introducing plants to children.

I especially like the fact that BrookeBook Company were so ready to accommodate me when I did not receive the book. I not only received the second shipment, but I received the first ship as well. I have forwarded a check to them. There were no questions asked when I said I could not respond when I had not received the book. Wow, what service and such a great spirit. Thank you again.
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I absolutely love this book!! I am in school right now with Biology and Environmental Science being my majors! My two boys absolutely love this book, and it's educational as well. I hope to find more like this one!!
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Written by Heidi Bess Roemer (an advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and illustrated by Olena Kassian, What Kinds Of Seeds Are These is a rhyming picturebook that presents the stories of nine different types of seeds in question-and-answer format. The colorful and jubilant illustrations help convey a sense of appreciation for the world's natural wonders, and the final two pages encourage young readers to grow their own seeds for fun. A fine educational as well as entertaining picturebook. "Seeds are floaters and fliers and buried-alivers, / exploders and stickers and hitchhiking tricksters. / Seeds travel around in their clever disguises. / There are billions of seeds- / and they're full of surprises!"
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