An information book for young readers about the life cycle of plants. Vocabulary words are written in capital letters next to the clear illustrations. Definitions are written in "kid friendly" terms. Great book for a science lesson or for aspiring gardeners!
Like all of us who garden, this book describes the experience of w-a-i-t-i-n-g patiently for our seeds to sprout. A boy (and his dog) plant some seeds in the brown, brown spring and wait for them to sprout.
If you live in a part of the country with a long period between winter and spring, you will relate to this book! For students planting seeds in their classroom and checking on them daily (or hourly?) - you will enjoy this beautifully illustrated story.
For older readers, the entire story is told in 1 sentence - interesting format for a discussion on writing styles.
The Mighty Asparagus is a beautifully illustrated story of a king who finds a giant (smelly?!) asparagus growing the front of his castle. What can he do?! This funny story is based on the Russian Folktale, The Enormous Turnip.
After reading The Mighty Asparagus, you could write your own folktale based on a vegetable growing in your garden. Many of us could easily imagine "The Giant Zuchinni" or other amazing vegetable story!
Here are some Reader's Theatre versions of The Enormous Turnip that you can try:
For more connections with the book:
Eddie and his sister Lily are busy planting a garden with their mum (in a British garden!). This beautifully written and illustrated book explores the things that plants need to grow and how to plant seeds. It even touches on seed saving when they harvest a pumpkin and keep some of the seeds for next year.