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. Volume XIV Number 21. . . .June 13, 2008
When Sam's sunflower fails to grow in the pot, his teacher suggests that perhaps a bird took the seed. When the students look up, they see a giant sunflower growing on the other side of the fence. Written in a style to encourage newly independent readers, this illustrated story is written in under 80 words and 24 pages, using a large text format. The colourful illustrations give visual clues to what is happening on each page. The story makes room for discussion and questions when the pot fails to produce a flower and the flower grows on the other side the fence. At the end of the book are suggestions for adults reading with a child. This title and others in the "Tadpoles" series would be a useful support in any early years' classroom.
Deborah Pethrick works in a K-9 school library in Winnipeg, MB.
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