A Seed Grows
The transformative life cycle of a sunflower plays out in this bold read-aloud by Sibert honoree Antoinette Portis.
To understand how a seed becomes a sunflower, you have to peek beneath the soil and wait patiently as winding roots grow, a stalk inches out of the earth, and new seeds emerge among blooming petals.
"A seed falls,
And settles into the ground,
And the Sun shines,
And the rain comes down,
And the seed grows..."
Leading up to a striking fold-out spread of a full-grown sunflower, the lively, bold illustrations in A Seed Grows offer a close-up view of each step of the growth cycle.
Additional material in the back of the book explains the science of plant life cycles, and goes into more detail on the ways in which flowers and seeds depend on other creatures.
Antoinette Portis is the author of A New Green Day, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and NCTE Notable Book in Poetry, as well as the Sibert Honor winning Hey, Water!
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
About this Author
Antoinette Portis is the author of many inventive books for children, including Not a Box, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Geisel Honor Book and the Sibert Honor book Hey, Water!, which received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and School Library Journal, who said "This simple introduction to water is an ideal read-aloud for the youngest scientists". Other titles include A New Green Day which was a Junior Library Guild selection and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, as well as the ALA Notable Books Wait and Now. A recipient of the Prestigious Sendak Fellowship, she lives in Southern California. Visit her at Antoinetteportis.com
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