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One Watermelon Seed Hardcover – March 12, 2008

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From School Library Journal

Pres-Grade 2—Numbers, colors, and gardening are combined in this vividly illustrated counting book. The story starts as Max and Josephine plant a garden, first 1 watermelon seed, then 2 pumpkin seeds, and so on all the way to 10. The phrase, "and they grew" follows mention of each new set of seeds. The graphic-style illustrations depict the seedlings as they grow, with an occasional gardening glove, tool, watering can, or young hand inserted into the scenes. After a center spread with colorful plants filling the pages to capacity and Max and Josephine busy at work, it's time for the harvest. The fruits and vegetables are so plentiful that they must be counted in tens: "ten watermelons, big and green, and twenty pumpkins, glowing orange." The vibrant colors and close-up views of the produce make it look delicious and irresistible. Later, on a cold winter night, the children turn "one hundred ears of corn" into "100s and 1000s of big, white crunchy puffs" of popcorn. Throughout the book, the text runs along the bottom of the double-paged illustrations, with the numerals, in bright colors, lining up beneath. This appealing book is great for classroom counting and discussions of seasons. Pair it with Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup (Harcourt, 1987).—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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"One Watermelon Seed offers countless (pun intended!) early learning opportunities and is a valuable resource for all school and public library collections.
Highly Recommended"
-- CM Magazine

"Luxuriant illustrations, a counting lesson that goes beyond 1 to 10, and the fun of hunting for hidden creatures: this new edition of One Watermelon Seed is sure to be a hit with both preschoolers and those who read to them."
-- ForeWord Magazine

"First published in 1986, this new, delicious edition with its brightly coloured digital illustrations belongs in the first rank of books of its genre: the counting book."
-- The Globe and Mail

"The vibrant colors and close-up views of the produce make it look delicious and irresistible. . . This appealing book is great for classroom counting and discussions of seasons."
-- The School Library Journal

"Lottridge's text is musical and brief, while Patkau's illustrations celebrate the abundant colour of a summer garden."
-- The Toronto Star

"As I write this, seeds are beginning to sprout in my own children's vegetable garden and the excitement of my family is palpable. So, too, is the pleasure in this book, which takes the delight of coaxing food out of the earth and matched it with the thrill of sharing a book with a loved one. . . Bright illustrations boost the joy of reading this delightful book."
-- Today's Parent

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry and Whiteside; Revised & enlarged edition (March 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554550343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554550340
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you teach kindergarten and you plant seeds with your class, then this is a book for you! Two children, one boy and one girl, plant a garden. They begin by planting one watermelon seed. They continue planting, two seeds, then three, all the way to ten. For each number, a different kind of seed is planted. When they examine the fruits of their labor, they find their yeild is ten times what they originally planted! This is a great book to reinforce counting by tens. Some of the vegetables are actually grouped into noticeable groups of ten. Color words and other adjectives are used to describe every fruit or vegetable in their harvest. This book is filled with concepts that are introduced in kindergarten and a great addition to my classroom library!
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This book combines a story with counting first 1,2,3 and then 10,20, 30...100. It shows how one watermelon seed can become many. My son was eating watermelons and was very careful to save the seed so he could get more watermelons next summer like in the book. He also marveled about how many seeds it took to make a bowl of popcorn. This book is so simple and yet really has a big concept of quantity and counting and so much more. A great summer bedtime read after a barbecue or before starting your family garden.
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First published in 1986, One Watermelon Seed is a children's counting book that teaches young people about the numbers one through ten - followed by the numbers ten through one hundred! Two children Max and Josephine count the many seeds, plants, and harvested crops in their garden; their efforts are brought to brilliant life with vibrant color illustrations and easy-to-follow text. Each two-page spread perfectly illustrates the number being taught in this wonderful staple children's book, especially recommended for public library collections.
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By kdgn on December 7, 2013
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This book was selected to go along with my unit on watermelons. The book actually is a number book that works well in many different genres.
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