Sunday, March 6, 2016

Plant a Pocket of Prairie

Plant a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis Root, 2014

This richly illustrated picture book explains how to recreate a prairie or prairie-like environment to draw-in birds, insects, amphibians, and other creatures. Prairies once covered around 40 percent of the U.S., but due to farming, industrialization, etc., prairies are now endangered. 

"Plant butterfly weed. Monarch butterflies might lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves. And when those monarch eggs hatch and the larvae turn into hungry butterflies...

Plant rough blazing star. Great spangled fritillaries might show up, too."

At the end of the book, it lists the different types of prairie animals, plants, birds, insects, flowers and grasses so the reader can have a better understanding of what to look for and what to plant. 

This picture book would make a great unit study for science curriculum or a great spring and summertime project. 

I Hear a Pickle

I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora, 2016

This wonderful book about the 5 senses takes the reader through each sense with adorable illustrations and examples such as:

I Hear: "I hear the seagull. Caw caw!" and "I hear the traffic. Honk! Beep! Honk!"

I Smell: "I smell my big brother's smelly sneakers!" and "I don't smell. I have a cold. Aachoo!"

I See: "I see the airplane up so high" and "I don't see the flower grow!" 

I Touch: "I don't touch the cactus. Prickly!" and "I touch the lollipop. Sticky!"

I Taste: "I taste a jelly sandwich. I'm allergic to peanuts." and "I can't wait to taste the cake...after dinner!"

And to put it all together, at the end it says:

I taste the pickle.It's sour.I smell the pickle.It's spicy.I see the pickle.It's green.I touch the pickle. It's slippery.I hear the pickle...CRUNCH!
I highly recommend this book for preschoolers and early elementary age children.