Monday, March 12, 2018

Seed School: Growing Up Amazing by Joan Holub

  • Title: Seed School: Growing Up Amazing 
  • Author: Joan Holub
  • Illustrator: Sakshi Mangal
  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Seagrass Press (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1633223744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633223745

About the book:

Welcome to the wondrous world of seeds! Just like people, seeds come in all shapes and sizes. In Seed School by Joan Holub, you'll meet the charming cast of characters who--with the help of soil, water, and sunshine--grow into vibrant fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

While some of the seed friends seem to sprout and grow up in just one season, one odd-looking seed with a cap takes many years to become the strong oak he was destined to be. Sakshi Mangal's delightful illustrations bring this whimsical story about friendship, diversity, and the natural world that surround us to life.

Grow on!

My Review:

So I had to wait a bit to write this review to prove a point. You see shortly after receiving Seed School: Growing up Amazing in the mail, my youngest was so inspired by the message of this book that she had to plant seeds. We HAD to go to Home Depot and pick out seeds. She selected carrot seeds. She also noticed that I had recently received a crate of wine and said it would be best to re-purpose the cardboard crate for the carrots. Brilliant. And just recently, they sprouted! We have the tiniest little carrots.sprouts beginning to grow. 

While these carrot seeds know exactly what they will become, the story of Seed School follows a little acorn that doesn't know what he will grow up to be. In seed school, he learns that he needs patience, soil, sun, water, and air to become a plant. It isn't until the end that the acorn learns that with a lot of hope and patience he will grow into a beautiful oak tree. This latest children's book from Joan Holub is full of smiling seeds and happy trees. It is the perfect antidote to today's dreary world. 

I think what made me fall in love with this book is how it included science without feeling like a forced non-fiction book. So many times my kids pass on non-fiction reading because it comes across as pushy. This book sneaks in just enough fact with a delightful fiction story. 

My five-year-old was also inspired by this book to ask questions and seek out seeds. Here are a couple of ways we extended the learning in the book out into nature: 

  1. We went out hunting for acorns around the yard. Since the book was about an acorn, we tried to find acorns and the big oak trees from which they fell. 
  2. We went on a hike through the woods to find other types of seeds. This required some more effort on my part to point out the many ways that seeds are hidden right in front of our very own eyes.
  3. We went out and purchased seeds to plant and watch them grow. Let's hope we have a bountiful harvest of carrots.
  4. We talked about seeds at the dinner table. Kids don't often realize they eat seeds. Or, we dig the seeds out before eating the fruit. I set aside two avocado seeds and am thinking of ordering this nifty little boat to try and sprout an avocado tree. 
Has anyone had luck growing an avocado tree? I imagine, from what i read, it takes a lot of patience, kind of like the acorn in the story. 

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FTC Disclosure: Thank you Joan Holub for sending me a copy of Seed School in exchange for a fair and honest review. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the books through these links, I receive a small portion of the payment, which I use to support this blog. Thanks for your support!  

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