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“A seed is inventive.  To find a place to grow, a seed might leap from its pod, or cling to a child’s shoestring, or tumble through a bear’s belly.  A seed hopes to land where there is plenty of sunlight, soil, and water.”

A Seed Is Sleepy , written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, is a treasure of mine that never stops giving.  This book is a celebration of the variety and wonder of seeds that is brimming with so many possibilities for children’s brains and hearts.  I find it is impossible to leave it alone after only one reading because there are so many layers of goodness to unfold.   The rich language, accurate yet elegant drawings, and bite-size information that sparks youthful questions  and amazement inspire lessons in language, art and science.

It is always a good idea to connect children to actual objects before using pictures or words.  The sensory experiences offer more pathways of information to their brains.  Have real seeds available for exploring, magnifying, scooping, eating, sorting, grinding, tweezing, matching, and grading.  Then they can see, taste, smell, touch, and hear the seeds.

A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston - Goodreads


A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long.

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