Plants Can't Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch
To be published on August 1, 2016.
Have you ever seen a plant move on its own? Plants might not walk, but they definitely don't sit still! Discover the many ways plants (and their seeds) move in this fascinating picture book.
I really enjoy children's books that help explain the natural world. This book is just that type! Rebecca E. Hirsch weaves together an almost lyrical story of all the ways that plants move. When I read the title of this book, it seemed like a mistake. Plants can't walk around like people and animals can, but this book proves that that does not mean they sit still. Plants wiggle as they grow, they turn to face the sun, they spread their seeds in many creative ways, and they can even snap closed to catch a fly.
This book discussed so many types of plants and thankfully includes a section at the back with additional information for parents and teachers. Several of the plant actions mentioned were things I was not familiar with - did you know that tumbleweed tumbles intentionally to spread seeds? I certainly did not. I really enjoy learning something myself when reading with my son (even if he doesn't always want me to read the facts out loud to him when we finish the story).
A wide range of ages would enjoy this book. Younger children (ages 2-4) will enjoy the simplistic story and the beautiful illustrations, older children (ages 4-6) will enjoy asking questions about the plants and perhaps attending to dispute the movements made by some plants, and even older kids or adults will learn something from the information at the end of the book. This is a great read.
My Rating: 4 stars
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