Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Plant Secrets

Plant Secrets

Emily Goodman
Illustrator:  Phyllis Limbacher Tildes 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Charlesbridge Publishing, 2009   ISBN: 978-1580892049

If you go into a plant nursery, on a walk, or into a grocery store, it is more than likely that you will see seeds. There are packets of seeds in the nursery, acorns and pinecones full of seeds along the sidewalk, and dried peas in the shop. Where do these seeds come from, and what happens to them?

In this cleverly presented picture book the author explores some of natures fascinating scecrets. Trees and plants create flowers of all kinds, and inside each of these, a fruit is hidden. Often we don't know the fruit is there until it ripens and, for example, turns red like a tomato or yellow like a banana. Each of these fruits contain a secret as well. Inside each of them, there are seeds, and one day these seeds will grow into new plants and begin the cycle all over again.

An engaging text and lovely illustrations make this book a must for young nature lovers and would-be botanists.