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Happy Harvest Season…

2 Oct

…let the rot and decay begin! You should begin by reading Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices by David M. Schwartz, with photos by Dwight Kuhn.

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Fantastically disgusting pictures  accompany this story of decomposition told so that science comes to life (and death). The rotting pumpkin does not travel alone on its journey or decay. With each turn of the page we are introduced to creatures and things that help along the way, from mice to yeast and penicillium. This is the coolest holiday book I’ve seen in a while, and it will get a big reaction from kids. There are ideas for further experiments in the back.

For the more sensitive reader, I suggest Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller.

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It is a gentler trip through decay and rebirth. Sophie’s mom buys a squash at the market, intending to cook it for dinner. Sophie takes one look at it and realizes its great potential as a playmate.

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Unwilling to let her new friend become dinner, Sophie keeps it until it gets soft and an expert gives her some advice on how to keep it healthy. She buries her friend and waits through winter, and is thrilled to discover new friends who look just like their mom.

Finally, we have Let’s Go Nuts!: Seeds We Eat by April Pulley Sayre, a seed-themed companion to Rah, Rah Radishes and Go, Go, Grapes.

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Bold photos and simple text make this an excellent into nuts, seeds and legumes. There is information at the back for those looking for some more meaty info (pun intended).

Enjoy!

Nature’s little helpers

5 Aug

When my niece was little, she believed a little character named Pip lived in the forest around their house.  Here are two books that Pip would really appreciate.

First up we have the wordless Hank Finds and Egg  by Rebecca Dudley.

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Hank is out walking one day and encounters an egg on the forest floor. Realizing it belongs in the nest above him, he tries to put it back, but can’t. Finally, he meets someone who can help him. It is a simple story. What makes the book amazing is the art. Dudley makes everything. She creates all the items that go into each photograph, and her attention to detail is impressive. Hank is an endearing character, with only eyes and a nose, yet he manages to evoke great emotion. We have a nature park behind out school and I wonder what to be like to walk through there with young kids pretending to be Hank. I look forward to seeing more for Rebecca Dudley.

On a similar nature theme is Miss Maple’s Seeds, written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler.

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Miss Maple spends the summer collecting orphan seeds and caring for them through the winter. She celebrates the potential that each seed has and, when Spring arrives, she sends them off to find their place in the world. It is a beautiful quiet story about nurturing the potential in others and caring for nature.

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