E3 has been itching to get into his garden. We recently took a weekend trip back to the farm and he and the Master Seamstress began plotting and planning their spring activities. While the weather is starting to predictably warm up, it will take a bit for the soil here to be warm enough for anything but peas. Until then, the two of them spent some quality time going through the new books that the lovely folks over at Raincoast books had sent.
The Grow With Me Series from The Creative Company follows the life cycle of the Bee, Butterfly, Frog, Ladybug, Sunflower, and Tomato, each in a separate title. The text is at about a grade 2-3 level, with step by step photographs to accompany each life stage. The photographs are exceptionally detailed and sharp. In what is truly a sign of the times, the final pages of each book list helpful books and websites that offer further information and activities, like downloadable colouring pages.
From Chronicle Kids, we received An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy. Both are filled with stunning colour drawings. The story lines of both books follow the egg or seed from it’s very beginnings to fruition. The text is scant, but the illustrations truly speak for themselves. That doesn’t mean that it is short on information, though. When I think of an egg, I usually think of something oval and hard. In short order, the illustrations reminded me that more than birds lay eggs and more than in just a nest above ground. There can also be gooey ones under water, rubbery ones in the sand, or even fossilized. I love that just inside the front and back of the books are pages of labelled drawings of all kinds of different eggs and egg-layers and seeds and seed-bearing plants. Other books written and illustrated by the same talented pair include A Butterfly is Patient and A Rock is Lively.
Any of these books would make an excellent addition to a home or school library.
Disclaimer: We were sent the above titles for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are honest and my own.