Brief summary: Questions about flowers are answered with beautiful illustrations and clear informative text. The many labeled diagrams, dialog bubbles, and mixture of fonts and sizes make the picture book easy to read and understand. Young readers will learn about the flower’s seed, root, and blossom.
Comments: This is a nonfiction picture book fully illustrated from the top to the bottom of the page. The end pages are decorated with a variety of flowers. There is a “Sources” page in the back.
This is the launch of a new nonfiction picture book series. You may recognize Ignotofsky’s unique style in her Women in Series Collection.
Nestingby Henry Cole; illustrated by Henry Cole. 2020. Micron pens and acrylic paints. Published by Katherine Tegen Books.
Brief summary: Young readers learn about two robins making a nest in an apple tree. The mother robin lays four eggs and keeps them warm until they hatch. Now, both robins must take turns feeding their babies despite a storm and a snake. When the hatchlings have grown and have feathers, they leave the nest, learn to feed themselves, and grow fat for the winter months.
Comments: Robin blue end pages. Illustrations are done with black pen and blue acrylics.
This book would go well with the spring unit of study.
Can an Aardvark Bark?by Melissa Stewart; illustrated by Steve Jenkins. 2017. Cut and torn paper collage. Published by Beach Lane Books.
Brief Summary: Readers explore the sounds many animals make and why.
Comments: Most animal books identify animals by categories like reptiles, mammals, birds and so forth. Sometime the animals are identified by habitats like pond, farm, forest and so forth This books identifies animals by the sounds they make. I remember as a girl growing up in the country of first learning about some of the animals by sound. I heard them first like the screech owl, cricket, frog and so forth. This was a refreshing way to teach animals first by the sounds they make. I’d love to see this as an audio-book with the various animals sounds included.