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THE SUNFLOWER

Eagan, Robynne
Illustrated by Lindsay Grater Agincourt (Ont.), Gage Educational Publishing, 1992. 32pp, paper, $6.95, ISBN 0-7715-6958-0. (Dancing Sun Books). CIP


Pre-school to Grade 2/Ages 3 to 7

Reviewed by Pearl Herscovitch

Volume 21 Number 2
1993 March


A sweet simple pattern book about a young girl who plants a sunflower and anxiously watches it grow. As she waits, so does a ladybug, who munches on a leaf, a bee, who takes some nectar from the flower, and a little squirrel that climbs "up the stem to steal a black-striped seed or two." Through the seasons, the girl is pictured delivering her pumpkin to the compost on a frosty fall day and building a snowman, always in view of the sunflower. Children will enjoy spotting the girl's cat in the bright full-page water-colours.

This author's first publication is a good introduction to inter-dependence in nature and seasonal change. It will prove useful to parents and teachers of young children attempting to demonstrate these basic scientific principles.


Pearl Herscovitch is an instructional services librarian at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta
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