Monday, December 19, 2016

Nonfiction Monday: Plants can't sit still by Rebecca E. Hirsch, illustrated by Mia Posada

Hirsch and Posada combine to produce a delightful and unique book about plant movement.

Vines creep, flowers open and close, seeds explode; plants are just one big parade looking for what they all need, light, water, and earth. With the repeated refrains "plants can't sit still" and "all plants need water, sunshine, and room to grow" the creators have made a fun and informative book. There are plenty of different movements to mimic, either in storytime or your own scientific experiments, as well as additional information woven into the text. A hungry grasshopper causes a mimosa to close its leaves, moonflowers open for the moon, and coconuts float on the ocean, looking for a new home. Posada's cut paper and collage illustrations are vibrant and create a sense of movement and growth.

Back matter includes an author's note, glossary, and more information including books at a young reader's level and websites to learn more about plants that move.

Verdict: A great choice to add to storytime collections and your general library collection, perfect for learning about plants or the outdoors. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 9781467780315; Published 2016 by Millbrook; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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