SubTopic: Plants & Flowers

  Dandelions:  Stars in the Grass

by Mia Posada

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Plants & Flowers

The rhyming verse and soft, lyrical illustrations present the life cycle of a plant -- the notorious and ordinary dandelion. However, the author offers a different perspective to look upon that which people often regard as a "weed" -- a perspective that views beauty in nature as one learns how a tiny seed grows into a flower. The words of the text flow through the pages of beautiful full-spread paintings like seeds moved by the wind. A recipe for a dandelion salad is also included.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  The Flower Alphabet Book

by Jerry Pallotta

HARDCOVER
Flora : Plants & Flowers
Flora  : Gardening

From the amaryllis to the iris to the pansy to the zinnia, colorful illustrations of a flower of one letter of the alphabet adorn a page. Brief information is provided for young children on each letter's page about each flower, such as the edelweiss found on mountains, hollyhock that was used to make dolls, the marigold fed to chickens, the edible nasturtium used in salads, and jasmine that is used in teas and perfume. Supplementary information about the origin of the names, folklore and uses of the flowers follows the text in the "Artist's Notes".

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Wildflowers

by Susan Hood

PAPERBACK
Flora : Plants & Flowers
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Beautiful photographs of wildflowers complement this field guide offering descriptions of wildflower species found in various regions of North America. Information about physical characteristics for identification, floral anatomy, reproduction, range of habitats and endangered wildflower species, as well as a laminated spotter's guide, offer young naturalists a valuable resource for the study of wildflowers.

        Grades: 3rd & Up

  Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

by George Levenson

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening
Flora  : Plants & Flowers

Rhyming text accompanied by stunning photographs show the circle of growth from seed to pumpkin to seed. Young readers can explore close-ups of imagery of the pumpkin plant's buds and tendrils, observe the developing pumpkin growing and changing color and learn about planting, growing and harvesting. Instructions for growing pumpkins are provided at the end of the book.

        Grades: Pre-School to 2nd

  Sunflower House

by Eve Bunting

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Plants & Flowers

From carefully tended seeds grows a circle of yellow sunflowers that becomes an imaginative setting of a castle, a cage, a picnic area and, at night, a sleep area. The rhythmic verse follows a boy through the experiences of planting, weeding and watering through his observations of the emerging plants to his play with friends in the varied settings of his sunflower house. At the end of the summer they discover that, although their sunflower circle is wilting, there are seeds to be collected for the birds and for next year's house of sunflowers.

        Grades: Preschool to 1st