Reviews for Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie

Booklist Reviews 2009 December #1
Though they have little to do with the science behind the planet's changing seasons, the new titles in the Picture the Seasons series do a fabulous job of conjuring up the sights, smells, and sensations of a brisk autumn. Using minimal text with National Geographic's typically fine photographs, Esbaum brings out familiar, comforting details of the outdoors--and slips in a lesson or two so skillfully readers won't even mind. Perfect for Halloween, Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie, is a veritable festival of orange featuring the expected (but still satisfying) panoramas of pumpkin fields and market stands. More surprising are the shots of the rarely appreciated pumpkin flower, pumpkins so big people make boats out of them, and a narrative twist: "The End. Unless . . . was there something else pumpkins might be used for?" The leering jack-'o-lanterns on the next page provide a scary jolt. Fun, cozy, evocative stuff. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 January/February
Like the crunch of an apple or the flavor of a spicy pie, this informational text delivers both the succulent photography for which National Geographic is known, with a ripe poetic prose appealing to children. Connections to both scientific plant growth sequences and social studies farm-to-market principles can be made in the classroom. Readers follow the growth sequence of each, to an autumn harvest, and finally, to selling them in markets and roadside stands. Use the language in these texts to model descriptive writing to students. For example, apples are described with features such as ?snazzy stripes,? and ?golden speckles.? Science, social studies, and language connections make this series an engaging addition to any early childhood investigation. Recommended. Katie L. Henry, Teacher Candidate, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.