Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

How Does a Seed Grow?

How Does a Seed Grow?

Sue Kim
Photographer: Tilde
Novelty Book
For ages 4 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2010   ISBN: 978-1416994350

Many children, especially those who don’t have access to a garden, have no idea where the vegetables and fruits that they eat come from. They see tomatoes in a package, blueberries in a plastic punnet, and peas in a bag in the freezer section in the food store. This unique board book with its foldout pages will show children how tomatoes, blueberries, bell peppers, peas, and oranges grow from seeds, to a little plant, to a fruit or vegetable that we like to eat.

Each double spread can be opened up in stages. We are presented with a question. On the first spread the question is, “Tomato seeds, tomato seeds, how do you grow?” On the facing page, we see a photo of the seeds falling through the air, and when we open the first flap we see a cross section photo showing a little root growing down into the soil. Open the next flap and there is a photo of little tomato plant. When we open the whole page, we see a little boy holding a large plump tomato.

Children are sure to enjoy the unusual unfolding pages in the book that allow them to see how plants grow and what the process looks like.