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A SEED NEEDS SUN

by Kate Riggs ; illustrated by Fiammetta Dogi ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2014

A seed grows into a flower as a variety of animals visit.

The gentle text traces the plant’s life cycle: “A seed needs a hole. // Dirt needs water. // Roots need room.” The text advances spread by double-page spread until the final one reveals the yellow flower in full bloom: “A seed needs sun / to become a flower.” A cross-section snapshot of each stage of development in superbly detailed art charts the flower’s growth. A blue jay, a snail, a mole, a dragonfly, a toad, a couple of butterflies and a mouse visit the budding plant in turn. Frustratingly, none of the flora and fauna is identified, but Dogi’s images are lovely and lush and will undoubtedly pique the curiosity of budding botanists.

Natural history made graceful. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-56846-254-7

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Creative Editions/Creative Company

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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For readers who haven’t a musk ox of their own to snuggle up with, this tale proves just as cozy.

by Jan Brett ; illustrated by Jan Brett ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 20, 2020

An agreeable Alaskan musk ox embodies that old Ben Franklin adage, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”

When Cozy the ox is separated from his herd in the midst of a winter storm, he decides to wait it out. His massive size and warmth attract small animals—a lemming family and a snowshoe hare—desperate to escape the cold. However, as bigger, predatory creatures arrive, Cozy must lay down some “house rules” that grow with each new creature that arrives until they extend to: “Quiet voices, gentle thumping, claws to yourself, no biting, no pouncing, and be mindful of others!” Over time, the guests grow antsy, but at last spring arrives and Cozy can find his family. The tale is not dissimilar to another Jan Brett tale of cold weather and animals squeezing into a small space (The Mitten, 1989). Meticulous watercolors refrain from anthropomorphizing, rendering everyone, from massive Cozy to the tiniest of lemmings, in exquisite detail. This moving tale of gentle kindness serves as a clarion call for anyone searching for a book about creating your own community in times of trial. Brett even includes little details about real musk oxen in the text (such as their tendency to form protective circles to surround their vulnerable young), but readers hoping for further information in any backmatter will be disappointed. (This book was reviewed digitally with 8.4-by-20.6-inch double-page spreads viewed at 37.3% of actual size.)

For readers who haven’t a musk ox of their own to snuggle up with, this tale proves just as cozy. (Picture book. 3-6)

A seed grows into a flower as a variety of animals visit.

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In simple text readers watch the process of a seed becoming a flower and learn what is required at each step.

I love how simply this process is broken down and how each spread really supports the text visually and includes enough side-interest items (i.e. animals, objects in the dirt etc) to keep readers returning to this fabulous title, but also don’t distract from the story too much.

Illustrations are photo-realistic and celebrate the wonder of nature. Recommended for toddlers and preK.

This board book is an easy concept book about how seed grow. How each pairing like a seed needs a hole. Dirt needs water etc. This is a good book to start a small child with.

A Seed Needs Sun book. Read 8 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. This durable title offers up fun, foundational introductions to a p…