Saturday, October 1, 2011


The Dandelion Seed
This week we were lucky with Anna’s reading assignment. It was one of the few books on her list that we haven’t read before – The Dandelion Seed by Joseph P. Anthony. The story is nice, but what makes this book especially gorgeous are illustrations by Cris Arbo. These illustrations are just begging for an art project, but daughter has not been interested (and we haven’t really had time for it anyway). I pulled some other dandelion books from the library to keep the theme going.
The Dandelion Wish
The Dandelion Wish by Sandra Ann Horn was the most “fiction-like” from the dandelion books we read. It also has very pretty pictures by Jason Cockroft that look like oil paintings. I thought that the illustrations made the book look magical – it’s hard to tell from them whether the events that unfold are actually happening or if they are only happening in the imagination of the main characters. For 80% of the book I was pretty convinced that they are imagined.
Dandelion Adventures
Dandelion Adventures by Patricia Kite is more scientific than the other two, but illustrations by Anca Hariton are also terrific. The book is similar in the flow to The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle – the seeds go to different places and meet different fates. I liked the collection of interesting dandelion trivia in the end of the book – for example, I didn’t know that dandelions are not native to the United States and were brought over by European settlers, most likely accidentally.
Stars in the GrassFinally, we read Dandelions: Stars in the Grass by Robin Kerrod. We read this book before, I think it was recommended by Almost Unschoolers. It’s an OK book, but I thought that the other three were more interesting from the story perspective. Again, great illustrations by Mia Posada, and some good recommendations for dandelion science in the end. Conveniently, we are having a dandelion time again after a brief rain last weekend, so we were able to go out and enjoy them for real, not just in books:
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10 comments:

Debbie said...

I will have to add these books to my must have list. We have fields of dandelions around our house. What a neat study this would be for Selena.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Interesting. I wouldn't have thought about books devoted entirely to dandelions. They sound fun.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

My favorite Danelion book isn't really about danelions. It is about a dandy lion who learns to be himself.

Ticia said...

The covers alone scream do something with this. They look so bright and happy.

MaryAnne said...

These books look lovely! I just requested all of them, except Dandelion Wish, which our library unfortunately does not have.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

The first three books look so good - I'm going to put them on hold for us. I do plan to get back into writing these posts and linking up to you! Soon, hopefully! I love reading what Anna is up to. :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We've read all of those except for Dandelion Adventure - Dandelions are such cheery, hardy plants - it's a shame they take over the yard.

Katie said...

love your blog. newest follower. stop by brighton park if you ever want great theme units to pass on; this month we are doing owls and reading legend of the guardian. oh, we are english...so hope you like tea!

Joyful Learner said...

The Dandelion Seed was used as an assessment tool for ECLAS in NYC. Every child had to read it and summarize what the story was about.

MommyLabs said...

I will check these out for the story and illustrations that you recommend.