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A Seed is Sleepy [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Aston, Dianna Hutts. Illustrated by Long, Sylvia

Plants

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

This book that introduces children to an array of seeds and plants includes text on two levels. Short poetic phrases in large print, aimed at younger children, give seeds accessible, anthropomorphic qualities: “A seed is sleepy”; “A seed is adventurous.” Paragraphs in smaller print, which tackle science concepts and expand on the phrases, are geared to older readers.

Age Range: 4 – 10

Lexile 750 AD

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
A Seed is Sleepy

Cranberries [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]

by Jaspersohn, William

Plants

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITORING COMPREHENSION

Photo essay depicts the history of cranberries, the stages of cultivation and harvest, and the processing and packaging of this native American fruit.

Age Range: 8 – 12

Recommended by Joan Kindig

Challenging
Cranberries

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai [ASK QUESTIONS]

by Nivola, Claire A.

Plants

Difficulty: Average

ASK QUESTIONS

“Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people?

With glowing watercolor illustrations and lyrical prose, Claire Nivola tells the remarkable story of one woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it. An author’s note provides further information about Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement. In keeping with the theme of the story, the book is printed on recycled paper.”

Suggested to use with Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story of Africa by Jeanette Winter.

Age Range: 4 – 8

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
Planting the Trees of Kenya

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa [ASK QUESTIONS]

by Winter, Jeanette

Plants

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ASK QUESTIONS

“As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something – and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans.

This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.”

Suggested to use with Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola.

Age Range: 3 – 8

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Easy Reading
Wangaris Trees of Peace