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Title:
This is the sunflower
Author:
Schaefer, Lola M., 1950-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A cumulative verse describing how a sunflower in a garden blossoms and, with the help of the birds, spreads its seeds to create an entire patch of sunflowers.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 42131.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 31084 Guided reading level: F.
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ISBN:
9780688164133

9780688164140
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Book

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Summary

Summary

First there is a sunflower.

Seasons pass ... and soon there is a patch of sunflowers.

Budding young gardeners will discover that what makes this happen is not magic - but is most definitely magical.


Author Notes

Lola Schaefer is an author, teacher, speaker and writing consultant who is passionate about helping children learn the tools of writing so they can express themselves.

Lola is the author of more than 200 books for children including picture books, easy readers, classroom books and informational texts. Her book Frankie Stein, published by Marshall Cavendish in 2007, was awarded the Children's Choice Book Award in 2008 and the Mockingbird Award in 2009.

As an educational consultant, Lola has worked in dozens of schools across the country. She shares effective classroom strategies on writing workshop, the craft of writing, and genre structures. Lola offers demonstration lessons, as well as general presentations on craft mini-lessons and the art of writing. She is the author of ten Scholastic Professional Resource books for teachers that focus on strategies to improve student writing.

Lola lives with her husband Ted in the mountains of north Georgia. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. In the cumulative tradition of "This Is the House that Jack Built," this gorgeously illustrated poem celebrates a sunflower's life cycle. In a see-saw rhythm, rhymed lines describe the seeds' path from blossom to bird, then back to the ground, where sun and rain turn seeds to sprouts, and the cycle begins again. It's the artwork that turns this standard, pleasing ecological subject into a beautiful, noteworthy title. The velvety watercolors are clearly defined and saturated with color: the vibrant, full-page sunflower blossoms nearly hum with growth, while handsome, stylishly detailed birds become sweeping banners of color when they take flight. This is perfect for story hours; also recommend it to budding ornithologists, who will appreciate the illustrated key identifying the birds pictured in the text. --Gillian Engberg


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-There are many picture books about sunflowers, but this fine, new one doesn't resemble any of them. It begins with a full bloom: "This is the sunflower,/tall and bright,/that stands in my garden/day and night." The cumulative rhyme continues ¬Ö la "The House That Jack Built." The birds come and eat some seeds and spill others, the rain and sun make the seeds sprout, and by the end of the book, "a patch of sunflowers,/tall and bright,/stands in my garden/day and night." Crews's watercolor illustrations combine realism and imagination to show the interaction of the plant, the birds, and the weather. Sometimes colorful silhouettes of birds fly in winding paths of thickened brush strokes. On one double-page spread, the text is ringed by 17 heads and beaks of different birds, all messily cracking sunflower seeds. This illustration is repeated on the last page, labeled with the name of each bird and a paragraph of facts about the flowers. A simple, elegant book, filled with a little information and a lot of pleasure.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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