Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka; illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. 2020. Charcoal and digitally colored. Published by Candlewick Press.
Brief summary: Dandelion leaves the meadow of yellow flowers and rides on a train where she continues her journey on the back of a sheep. She keeps traveling until she reaches the city. Dandelion watches a film about airplanes which encourages her dream to ride on a real one. Dandelion changes which allows her to fly to the moon.
Comments: Dandelion is a flower that has four paws, a tail, and a lion’s head. I’ll probably see this character every time I come across a dandelion growing in my yard.
This picture book is a story without words.
What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward; illustrated by Susie Ghahremani. 2017. Gouache on wood; hand-lettering by Susie Ghahremani; typeset in Cronos Pro. “All papers used in Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc., are natural, recyclable products made from wood grown in well-managed forests.” Published by Bloomsbury.
Brief summary: Each seed is described in a simple rhyme concluding with “What Will Grow?” and answered on the right with an illustration of the featured seed grown to maturity. There is a two-paged spread in the back of each seed telling when to sow, steps needed to plant, and how long the plant will need to grow. The back also lists and illustrates the four stages of growth–roots, stem, leaves, and flower.
Comments: There are full, colorful two-paged illustrations with no white space. Students will also enjoy the three page extensions. This book could be read as an introduction to seeds. Students could be given actual seeds that are discussed in the book and have to figure out which ones match the pages.
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