As I browsed for interesting picture books at my library, I spotted What Kinds Of Seeds Are These. I didn’t look to see who the author was but after reading the first page, I recognized the voice. I was holding a book by Heidi Bee Roemer. I took a poetry course with Heidi a number of years ago and was stunned at her critiques. Prior to taking her course, I was used to receiving a full page, professional critique on a picture book manuscript, but to receive a full page critique on a poem amazed me! Writing poetry is more than counting syllables and making sure your end words rhyme. What Kinds Of Seeds Are These? demonstrates this with brilliant clarity.
Title – What Kind Of Seeds Are These? – view on Amazon here.
Written by – Heidi Bee Roemer
Illustrated by – Olena Kassian
Published by – NorthWord Books for Young Readers, 2006
Suitable for ages – 4-8
Topics/theme – Nature, specifically seeds and how they travel.
Opening – Sees are floaters and fliers and buried-alivers, exploders and sticklers and hitchhiking tricksters. Seeds travel around in their clever disguises. There are billions of seeds–and they’re full of surprises!
Jacket copy – The world is full of different kinds of plants, and that means the world is full of different kinds of seeds! Each one is unique, and each has a special way of getting where it needs to be to grow and bloom. Some have wings to fly on the wind, some stick like glue to passerby, and others take a detour right through an animal’s stomach! This delightful rhyming picture book tells the stories of nine different seeds in a fun-to-read riddle format. Gorgeously-detailed illustrations show each seed up close as well as the plant it belongs to. Kid-friendly activities are included at the end to encourage readers to sprout green thumbs of their own. From maple seeds to coconuts. What kinds of seeds are these? clues readers into the fascinating mysteries of seeds!
Amazon Review – A perfect companion to NorthWord’s WHAT DO ROOTS DO?, this spirited text enumerates in riddle form the many ways different kinds of seeds travel, whether by helicopter or rolling in the wind as a tumbleweed. Fun activities are included at the end to help readers discover the world of seeds up close. Gorgeous illustrations of seeds and plants and children enjoying them leap from the pages.
Why do I like this book? I appreciate clever rhymes, and clever rhymes mixed with a lively dose of education offers kids a painless, easy way to learn about a new topic. Heidi Bee Roemer is a master of clever rhymes, and when you combine her verses with Olena Kassian’s colorful, accurate watercolor and gouache renderings of nature, you have a picture book you want to add to your collection.
Author – Visit Heidi Bee Roemer’s blog here.
Illustrator – See more of Olena Kassian’s books here.
Seed Sprouting on a Sponge – Project For Children – Sprouting seeds on a sponge makes a fun and inexpensive nature project for children of all ages.
- A non-abrasive sponge – Green makes a good choice for this project
- a packet of seeds such as broccoli, lettuce, or spinach
- A spray bottle
- a glass or plastic plate
- a plastic container that is slightly larger than your sponge
Dampen the sponge. Then sprinkle seeds over the top of the sponge. Little fingers are the perfect tools for gently poking the seeds into the holes of the sponge. Place on a plate near a sunny window. Remember to keep the sponge moist by spraying with water frequently so the seeds don’t dry out. You could also cover the sponge with a clear plastic container to retain more moisture.
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