Monday, August 6, 2012

Nonfiction Monday: Plant a little seed by Bonnie Christensen

Simple, poetic language takes the reader through the seasons in a garden, from watering and weeding to final harvest.

This book leans more towards the fictional than, say, Galbraith's Planting the Wild Garden, but it's still a great read-aloud title for garden storytimes.

In addition to the general cycle - water, weed, wait, harvest, cook, preserve there are several pages showing how plants bud and produce fruit. The story also shows how different plants take varying amounts of time to be ready for harvest. The final page includes some additional facts about seeds and plants.

The language is beautiful and makes a great read-aloud, but what I really love about this story are the vibrant illustrations. Thick, black lines and lush color show the life and vigor of the garden as it grows from seed to harvest. Normally, I'd look for photographic illustrations so children can identify the plants shown, but the art in this book is so beautiful I'll gladly waive that requirement. I'd pair this with a painting project, maybe even letting the kids experiment with making outlines in permanent marker and filling them in to simulate the art style.

Verdict: A great read-aloud for storytime and the art and text are lovely. Highly recommended. Pair this with Aston's A Seed is Sleepy or Galbraith's Planting the Wild Garden to show how seeds are planted and germinate.

ISBN: 9781596435506; Published 2012 by Roaring Brook; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library


shelf-employed said...

It looks and sounds lovely. Thanks for participating in today's roundup.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Your blog has a new look, very nice! The book also sounds lovely, you had me at the great illustrations. I hope I can find a copy of this one in our library. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

thanks! I like this new, less cluttered look too (-:)