From School Library Journal
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
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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
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