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
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.
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.
Nonfiction Monday blog where you'll find more book reviews. Review copy provided by publisher.