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Dandelion Adventures Paperback – April 1, 1998

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PreSchool-Grade 2AThis easy-to-read book tells the fate of seven dandelion-seed parachutes carried off by the wind, showing how some will grow into plants and some will not survive. One takes root only to be pulled out by a gardener and then grow back again later. Another lodges in a sidewalk crack and lies dormant for two years before sprouting. A bird eats the third seed. The life cycle of the dandelion is explained in the context of the adventures. A line or two of text accompanies each single- or double-page picture. Beginning readers will be able to follow the clues in the dreamy, pastel watercolors. The dandelions are clearly rendered and easy to recognize. A drawing of the parachute ball with one less seed appears in the bottom corner of each page as the story progresses. Facts about the flower's name, where the plant comes from, and its uses appear at the end. There's enough of a story here to serve as a read aloud and there's plenty of information, too.AMartha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4^-7. A spring wind sends seven dandelion seed parachutes sailing through the air. Each lands in a different place (garden, sidewalk crack, park, woodland, stream, school yard, and "a faraway land." Most of the seeds produce new plants, each with a yellow flower that is pollinated by bees and eventually produces a "feathery white ball" of new seed parachutes, ready to begin their own journeys. Without anthropomorphizing the plants, this appealing picture book makes a story of the dandelion's life cycle. The fluid watercolor paintings, delicate in spring colors, clearly show the dandelions' journeys and growth and offer plenty of intriguing details in the varied scenes. The book ends with four pages of "Facts about Dandelions." Preschool and primary grade teachers explaining plant cycles to children will find this a fine introduction to a familiar flower. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Turtleback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761303774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761303770
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,856,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm pregnant and have been in search for a good book to read to my baby while still in the womb. Mission completed...and successful! My search was done when I came across this wonderful book, along with the Dandelion Seed, another great one. Simple, cute, and entertaining, this book was exactly what I wanted, and I'm sure my child will cherish this book for years to come.
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I am a second grade teacher and have used this book with my class. It is an excellent teaching tool to help students understand the growth cycle of a dandelion. This book shows the journey of 7 dandelion seeds. No two take the same path but most grow into dandelion plants. Students see dandelions all around during the summer but probably don't know much about how they grow or about a their stages of life. I lent this book to teachers who even found out things about dandelions that they did not know prior to reading! It is an excellent resource to go along with a study of plants. The story is delightful but teaches as well. I strongly reccomend this story to teach about plants or just for reading enjoyment!
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