Planting The Wild Garden
by Kathryn O. Galbraith

Price at time of review: $15.95
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd
Atlanta, GA
ISBN: 9781561455638

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

This beautifully illustrated primary book on seeds works on many levels. It begins as a story of a farmer and her son, deliberately planting seeds in their plot. But then the narrative expands to show how nature plants and disperses seeds of many kinds.

Wind, animals, and water all carry wild seeds away from the parent plants. The adaptations that are detailed in the book enable species to spread and avoid competition. They also illustrate diversity in the plant kingdom. The illustrations are ideal as a springboard to lessons about seeds in the classroom.

This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book's large double–page illustrations make it suitable for reading aloud as an introduction to a unit on seeds or gardening. Detailed illustrations of seeds of many varieties and of germination on the end pages and along the margins of inner spreads invite careful observation and inquiry. It could be introduced to the entire class, then left at a center with samples of seeds or used before a local field trip to observe seeds in nature.

Review posted on 1/12/2012

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