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It Starts With A Seed Hardcover – 21 Sep 2016
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A book that explores the cycle of nature and the diversity of wildlife found in, around and under a tree. Each double page spread contains words on one side and an illustration of the tree on the other; it is printed on off-white paper with lots of space that allows the concept of growth to come across as the reader progresses through the book. The story of the tree is told in a rhyme and the book concludes in a pull-out page showing the huge old tree in all its glory with branches reaching wide and roots spread out underground.
About the Author
Laura Knowles has degrees in Publishing and Classical Studies. Her love of natural history, words and art have drawn her to work on books about animals and nature.
Jennie Webber is a London-based visual artist and printmaker. Her etchings and drawings celebrate the diversity and complexity of nature, reflecting her incurable curiosity for the world. Themes of conservation underpin all her work; the idea being that if people are amazed by the natural world, then they will be less likely to destroy it.
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It is such a delightful poem all about how life starts with a seed which the reader follows as it lands on the ground and transforms to a sapling, then to a large tree that covers the entire page and is home to many creatures.
This book teaches children about the life cycle of the tree as well as giving them a wider understanding of the creatures that make a tree their home. It is perfect for this time of year when the seeds of many trees, including the sycamore, can be found along the ground. I know my children have delighted in seeing the seeds as we have walked.
I adore this book so much and both the children have turned to it time and again. When we look at life cycles again in the spring I know this will be a book that will feature heavily. We will be heading out for a walk this week to our local park and I plan to get the children to collect some sycamore seeds and we will be doing a little project using them soon.
A word must go to the illustrator of this book, Jennie Webber. All too often illustrators are forgotten about but in reality for children's books the illustrator is just as important as the writer. Without Webber's wonderfully delicate but detailed images the text written by Laura Knowles wouldn't be as beautiful. The two together inspire a sense of wonder as the beauty of the natural world.
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