I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast

Flying Eye. May 2020. 128p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781912497744.
Gr 2-4–Plants are covered in detail in this comprehensive survey of the kingdom of flora. Bold and colorful illustrations enhance the extensive facts and concepts which are presented in accessible language. The four primary sections feature information on the structure and importance of plants; evolution and adaptation in a variety of environments; the daily use of plants in our life; and the power of plants in technology, medicine and the future of our planet. It is emphasized that many things, from toothpaste to disease-curing medications, clothing, paper, the homes we live in, and the air we breathe, all depend on a healthy relationship between people and plants. Charts, sidebars, and an extensive glossary help convey information. DIY projects offer step-by-step instruction and encourage readers to become familiar with the concepts mentioned. However, some of the projects may not always be successful. Putting potato peelings into soil will not always produce a potato plant. And chestnuts attached to strings and swung wildly may result in injury. This visually appealing work will benefit the classroom study of the biology and importance of plants.
VERDICT Packed with highly appealing visuals and interesting information, this is a beneficial addition to elementary nature and environment collections.

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