Owlkids. Apr. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781771474283.
PreS-Gr 3–A wordless title that celebrates the samara, the seed of a maple tree. The back matter informs readers that the design of the seed’s wing is not just for the delight of children who love to see them fly so perfectly in the air, but that they are in fact aerodynamic wonders of nature. A single maple seed’s journey from falling off a tree one year to sapling the next invites readers to follow the seed as it interacts with a diverse cast of human and animal characters. The multi-paneled illustrations are varied and include broad views and tight close-ups encouraging readers to scrutinize each step and marvel at the seed’s gift for spinning through the world.
VERDICT Perfect for encouraging engagement, and appreciation, for the wonders of the natural world; if there are maple trees nearby all the better to inspire a hands-on connection that will send readers whirling outdoors

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