Plants Feed Me

illus. by Lizzy Rockwell. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Apr. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823425266. LC 2012007674.
PreS-Gr 2—This helpful book for young readers sheds light on the edible aspects of plants. Through first-person narration, Rockwell covers where plants grow and discusses their different parts (fruits, seeds, stems), explaining which ones we consume. Vivid and detailed gauche and colored-pencil-on-paper illustrations fill each page, and many of the pictures are actually large diagrams with labels and captions that complement the facts described. Though the text is simple and straightforward, it's perfect for developing readers. This book will make a fine addition to libraries that serve children and have a need for materials on this particular subject matter.—Nancy Jo Lambert, Ruth Borchardt Elementary, Plano, TX
"Fruits hang from the tomato plant. / Pumpkins, peppers, and eggplants are fruits too." A young boy describes the different parts of plants he eats, such as leaves of spinach, stems of asparagus, bulbs of onions, flowers of broccoli, and fruit of tomato and walnuts. Straightforward text and clear, well-labeled, pleasing illustrations make this a useful introduction to botany.

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