Friday, September 19, 2014

Plants Feed Me

Plants Feed Me
by Lizzy Rockwell
32 pages; ages 4-7
Holiday House, 2014

Theme: nonfiction, plants

Every gardening season is different, and this year things seem to be ripening later than last year. A couple weeks ago we had a bumper-crop of tomatoes and peppers, with melons and pumpkins coming in late.

So harvest season seems to be a good time to share a book about garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Lizzy Rockwell begins with a picture of a child nose-deep in a slice of watermelon. "I am a plant eater," she writes. Then she takes us on a tour of the garden, showing the different parts of plants we eat: leaves, stems, roots, flowers, bulbs, tubers... and fruits.

Everyone knows that apples and blueberries are fruits. But tomatoes and pumpkins? Aren't they vegetables? Nope. If it's got a seed, it's a fruit. Speaking of which, we eat seeds, too: beans, rice, wheat, and nuts.

Beyond the book: are you a plant eater?

Go on a plant-part scavenger hunt. Check the fridge, pantry, and cupboards to find:
  • a tuber that you eat
  • a stem that you eat
  • a root that you eat
  • leaves that you eat
  • a fruit that you eat
  • a seed that you eat
  • a bulb that you eat
Where does your food come from? What plants are used in making the cereal you eat? the bread and crackers? the soup? Try to identify as many plants as you can that are in your meals. If you need help, read the ingredients label on packages.

Visit a Farm. If you live near a farm, drop by for a visit. During the fall many farms have markets with pumpkins and cider. Some have corn mazes and pumpkin patch tours.

You can see out what other bloggers are reviewing over at the STEM Friday blog. Today's review is also part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books.
On Monday, head over to the Nonfiction Monday blog where you'll find more book reviews. Review copy provided by publisher.


  1. Thanks for introducing me to this new release. It looks like fun. I can't wait to do the scavenger hunt with the kids. Good idea!

    1. scavenger hunts are such fun - especially those that include the kitchen.

  2. This looks like a great one, Sue! I love the activities! Thanks so much for adding it to our list!

  3. Love your plant scavenger hunt to go with this great NF PB!

  4. I agree. This looks like a great NF PB. Looking forward to reading this one with my son.

  5. This looks like a terrific book. Thanks for telling me about it.

  6. My kind of book! You did an excellent job reviewing this lovely book and included great activities. Also liked Joanna's suggestion of a scavenger hunt. Will check this book out. Thanks

  7. mmmmmmm. I like that plant part scavenger hunt idea! I think I'll get started right now!!

  8. This reminds me of a carpool conversation. I learned about all kinds of fruits including drupes. Who knew?

  9. I like that idea of a plant scavenger hunt! Thanks for the great ideas!

  10. Hi Sue. Thanks for this great blog post about PLANTS FEED ME! I love your creative extensions with the book into the kitchen and the wider world.