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Volume VI Number 10 . . . . January 21, 2000
Plants are living things. They are the only living things that can make their own food. Plants cannot move from place to place as animals can. They stay in the same spot their whole life. Plants live in soil, sand, snow, and rock. Some even grown on top of other plants!How a Plant Grows is one of a set of books from Crabtree which introduces information topics ranging from animals to plants. This one shows the same care in design, presentation and research as the others. Beginning with the contents page ("What is in this book?") and ending with a glossary, "Words to Know," and an Index, this book discusses plants which grow from seeds. Using a combination of coloured illustrations and photographs, the book lists the parts of a plant and then the life cycle. Kalman then provides several paragraphs on why plants are important and concludes with activities such as growing a bean plant and making an indoor garden.
The illustration mix of photographic and drawn illustration provides a visual feast for the young learner. The information is, however, more detailed, and the vocabulary is very specific to the biology of the subject. Consequently, the book's contents are more suitable to a school age reader who needs good, clear information for a project. The format will be a hard sell, however. The very elements which make this book shine - the colour and short descriptive paragraphs - may be perceived as too immature to the older student. Nonetheless, if students are open enough to take the recommendation of their librarian, they may discover that the book meets their needs.
Recommended with Reservations.
Jennifer Johnson works as a librarian in Ottawa, ON.
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