This week we were lucky with Smarty’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 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 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.
Finally, 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: