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Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move Hardcover – March 15, 2008
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Grade 3–4—Macken's crisp text reveals burdocks sticking to a kid's socks and to a rabbit's fur, touch-me-not seeds exploding from their pods, and acorns being interred energetically by provident squirrels. A final segment explores several kinds of seed "containers" (pods, fruit, nutshells) and the varying shapes of a number of seeds (peach pits, corn kernels, peas), and explains the stages of growth from seed to flowering plant. All the while, in careful step, Paparone's bright, realistic acrylics present clear pictures of the featured seeds in their natural dispersals, from tumbleweeds rolling across a Western landscape to coconuts dropping into a tropical sea. Many of the double-page illustrations contain a circular "bubble" with close-ups of leaves, flowers, pods, etc. Team this inviting introduction with Ken Robbins's elegant Seeds (S & S, 2005) and/or Helene J. Jordan's simple How a Seed Grows (HarperTrophy, 1992), or perhaps Sam Godwin's even simpler A Seed in Need (Picture Window, 2004) for a seed-full good time.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Maple seeds twirling in the wind, tumbleweeds rolling across the prairie, burdock seeds sticking to socks, coconuts drifting across the ocean, fig seeds falling to the ground in bat droppings, and acorns buried by forgetful squirrels are some of the examples used here to introduce methods of seed distribution. Each is introduced on a double-page spread, in which a few lines of poetic text provide information succinctly, while the occasional use of internal rhyme or onomatopoeic words gives verbal punch to the presentation. The plants’ varied habitats give broad scope to artist Paparone, who offers a series of acrylic paintings that show seeds traveling within distinctive locales. Pleasing in their colors, compositions, and decorative elements, the pictures clearly show points made in the text. The final pages offer an illustrated glossary of words relevant to the topic. Satisfying and well designed for both classroom sharing and individual reading. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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I received this book free for my honest review.
grow as round as globes.
In autumn their stems snap off.
On the flat, open prairie, they ROLL, Roll, ROLL,
sprinkling their seeds as they tumble."
This is a bright, cheerful book with very appealing artwork. The delightful poetic text makes the reading especially engaging. If you want to introduce your child or students to the life cycle of plants (seed growth, parts of a plant and seed dispersal) this would be the perfect introduction. In the back of the book there is an illustration of seed growth and a bit more information in the notes section. This book was checked for accuracy by the director of the New York Botanical Garden.
I love the poetic language:
"Maple seeds whirl and twirl in a breeze.
FLIP, FLUTTER, float!"
First we meet the seeds, then learn how they move, and finally where they land.
The art complements the words wonderfully, being close-up and inviting.
At the back is a very informative illustrated glossary of the words in the book.