Sunflower seeds sown in a circle--and watered, weeded, and watched--eventually grow into a beautiful sunflower house with lots of room inside for three friends and their imaginations. When summer’s over and the sunflowers fall, the friends save seeds to plant next spring. “Primary and preschool teachers will find this a colorful, child-appealing addition to units on plants.”--Booklist
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EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.
PreSchool-K?Another story about the life cycle of growing things?in this case, mammoth sunflowers?planted in a way that captures the imagination. A young boy plants the seeds in a large circle. He waters them and waits patiently until they grow taller than himself, with huge nodding blossoms that form a perfect "sunflower house." He and two friends play in the "house" all summer, even sleeping in it one night, until the leaves turn brown and the stems fall down. Then they fill their pockets with the seeds, the birds eat some, and the rest are left on the ground to grow again next summer. Bunting's idea is creative and charming, with poetic and romantic aspects. Unfortunately, the text, written in rhymed couplets, is not wholly successful. At times, the rhyme scheme seems strained and the meter becomes singsongy. The bright illustrations, done in watercolor and colored pencil, are reminiscent of this team's Flower Garden (Harcourt, 1994). They are realistic and add interesting details that extend the brief text. Despite its flaws, the book could spark an interest in the cycle of nature.?Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Kathryn Hewitt (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # 0152004831
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152004831
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110152004831