Plants, plants…and more plants. This book will fill the mind of even the most curious plant lover!
Title: Plantopedia: A Celebration of Nature’s Greatest Show-Offs
Author: Adrienne Barman
Illustrator: Adrienne Barman
ISBN: 9781786031396 Language: English
Themes: plants, science, classification
What’s it about?
This is a non-fiction book about plants that is illustrated. It looks at plants by type, colour, and other ways you wouldn’t think about.
The illustrations are the stars of this book. Brightly colourful with easy to read labels of the plant names. The book is well organised alphabetically by the heading of the page.
Okay, so firstly, as someone who has done a fair share of drawing my initial reaction to this book was “WOW!”. The illustrations are simple but stunning, appealing and engaging – and not to mention it must have taken a long, long time to draw all those plants!
Anyway, non-fiction is an area that many kids avoid (save for the odd footy or magic book). Of course, there are always those who are the exception but for most if you put a book in front of them showing photographs of plants they will immediately know that the book want to “teach them” something and the avoidance starts. That’s where I feel a book like this is rather handy. It’s non-fiction and shows plants in their habitats, classification, and (my favourite) in colours! It’s a book you can have a student choose a page to look at and discuss what they see, think, and feel about it. A very handy book for teachers who have students who are reading well-below their reading level as well as it still looks like a “proper book” even though it has simplified language.
Another way this book would be handy is if your school (or home) has a garden area to use as a simple reference tool. And then of course is it’s potential for learning during occasions such as Earth Day. Definitely a book with a lot of learning potential both in the classroom or at home in a homeschooling environment.
Overall, I do recommend this one for students of all age but with particular focus on that 7-10 age range and those who may struggle with reading. Due for release on 24th April 2018 in Australia and elsewhere.