Let's explore another of the fantastic nonfiction children's books that have been nominated for 2018Cybils awards.
Although it may seem like a weird to be thinking of seeds and seedlings,in Arizona we plant our fall gardens this month.For that reason,A Seed is the Startby Melissa Stewart is timely.
Although the word "start" in the title and the pictures of sunflowers germinating on the cover suggests this books is about plant life cycles,with exception of a corn kernel germinating on pages 4-5 and an apple seed growing on pages 30-31,this book is about much more.In fact it is mainly about seed dispersal.Whether it is by wind,water,or animal taxi,author Melissa Stewart reveals the many,many ways seeds get around.
The color photographs are high-quality,as you would expect from National Geographic.From flying dandelion seeds to floating cottonwood seeds,the photographs will attract the reader's attention.
A Seed is the Startis a lovely introduction to seeds and seed dispersal.Use it to sprout an interest in plants in a young reader today.
Activity Suggestions To Celebrate the Book:
1.Germinate a pumpkin seed.
Do you have some pumpkin seeds left over from Halloween or from Thanksgiving pies?
1.Pumpkin seeds (unsalted,raw)
2.Small containers - *see note
*Note: Seeds may be started in almost any recycled container.Old milk cartons,newspaper pots,even empty egg shells can serve as containers.Put an opening in the bottom of the container for drainage and set it in a tray,and/or add some gravel or pebbles to cover the bottom.
填满容器土壤。Press one or two seed into the soil so covered slightly.Water until moist and keep watered regularly.Set in a sunny window.
If you prepare several sets,allow the children to carefully remove one or two of the seedlings from the soil over time.Discuss what they see,measure the stems and roots,and make drawings or take photographs to record the progress as the seed germinates and then the plant grows from day to day.
2.See our previous post for afun quiz and seed dispersal activities.
Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (February 13,2018)
Check out ourgrowing list of children's books about seedsat Science Books for Kids.
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