From summer's flourishing flowers to autumn's succulent fruits, everything begins with a tiny little seed.
In this fascinating chronicle, young readers will learn how seeds grow, and how they vary in shape, size, and dispersal patterns. From cherry pits to exploding pods, to sticktight seeds that cling to your shoes, acclaimed photographer and author Ken Robbins illuminates how wondrous nature springs up throughout the year before our very eyes.
Ken Robbins specializes in photographic nonfiction books on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to autumn leaves. His book "Tools, " with its trademark hand-tinted photographs was a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. His books for Atheneum include "Fireflies at Midnight" by Marilyn Singer, "Trucks, Thunder on the Plains, " and "Apples." Mr. Robbins lives in East Hampton, Long Island.
Zoom in on some of the most common seeds and learn a few facts along the way. From dandelions and berries, to coconuts and wheat, this is a springboard for conversations about how seeds form, grow, and travel, but cannot stand on its own for those facts. It's the pictures that make this text work. The photography is excellent, allowing readers to see both the bigger picture of each plant, and extreme close-ups of the individual seeds. These show the colors, textures, and sometimes even the fast motions of the seeds. Teachers will wish that Robbins had placed more emphasis on general seed facts, but overall this is a good beginning and a great resource in its photographs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10) (Kirkus Reviews)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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East Hampton, NY, US