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Plants Can't Sit Still (Millbrook Picture Books) Library Binding – Picture Book, August 1, 2016
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"With a doctorate in biology, Hirsch understands her subject, but equally important is her ability to communicate with well-chosen words that make the ideas fun and memorable for children. ... A new way to see the plants around us."--starred, Booklist
"This wonderful book teaches about all the ways that plants move. ... Indeed, plants fly, swim, hide, eat bugs, ride inside bears, and more!" --American Scientist
"The bright illustrations and the simple but moving text make this a solid addition to any collection looking to inspire interest in the natural world."--School Library Journal
- Lexile measure : AD510L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 4
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Library Binding : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1467780316
- ISBN-13 : 978-1467780315
- Dimensions : 10.95 x 0.4 x 9.25 inches
- Reading level : 5 - 10 years
- Publisher : Millbrook Press; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #699,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think I remember it being a fairly expensive book ($18?)
The back matter contains a more detailed summary of plant behavior. Along with a glossary, descriptions of each species, and an author's note explaining how she researched the plants in the book, Rebecca Hirsch includes recommended reading, and links to venus fly trap videos and accelerated growth footage.
Plants Can't Sit Still is beautifully written, using active verbs and energetic fonts. The text is lyrical and the author avoids rhyme in favor of vigorous prose, inviting readers themselves to move, through the pages and back again. The ending circles back to wording from the beginning, mimicking the plant life cycle. Mia Posada's art is perfectly suited to the text. The illustrated plants climb, slither, and squirm their way across the pages in earthy watercolored collage.
I need to also mention the beauty of this book. Posada's illustrations are truly fabulous and bring this nonfiction book to life!
We enjoyed reading this but I think it is definitely aimed best at the preschool and perhaps kindergarten set.
The text goes into great detail about the manner in which plants grow and the young readers will be able to grasp the fact that plants do indeed reach for the light, climb a fence, walk up a wall and tumble in a breeze.
The portion concerning the seedlings growing is fascinating, as well. All plants need water, sunshine and room to grow. I thought it was fascinating to read about the manner in which the seeds 'hitchhike' which explains the reasons that plants are built for travel. Another outstanding teaching example occurs in the text when speaking about the seeds it says 'They take a ride inside a bear' and the illustration shows a bear chewing on a berry bush. I could envision a young child asking about that statement which will lead to an educational moment for the youngster.
At the end of the story, the author has a portion entitled 'More About Plants'. This goes into greater detail as to the reasons some plants are more active during the day or night time hours. It also explains photosynthesis and pollinators. Every plant that makes an illustrated appearance in this book is listed with the name and more information about the plant. A glossary at the end explains words that the little ones may have questions about while reading.
All in all, an outstanding educational book for the little ones. It is also entertaining with beautiful illustrations which will hold the attention of the children.
Most highly recommended.
Please note that the author sent me this book for a possible review.
All the verbs are in red, making it an awesome mentor text for using active verbs in your writing. And the art is luscious and lively. I saw this book in manuscript form, and I am so happy to see it emerge into the world as this lovely book!