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A Seed is Sleepy
by Dianna Hutts Aston
illustrated by Sylvia Long

A Seed is Sleepy is an artistic, "contemplative" (School Library Journal) title about the somewhat anthropomorphized qualities of seeds, (sleepy, adventurous, naked...) Each spread is devoted to a specific quality, with a short phrase like "A seed is sleepy", a few paragraphs of text explaining why this is the case, and richly detailed sketches.

School Library Journal ended their starred review of this book by saying, "this book is a wonderful addition to units that focus not only on seeds and plants, but also on writing and the language arts." Indeed, this book would be a fantastic jumping off point for an activity that mixes creative writing and art with science.

Interest Level:    Grade 1-4
Grade Level Equivalent:   3.7
LexileMeasure:    AD750L

Below are sample spreads from inside this book.   We love the illustrations, and the concept of applying human traits to seeds is really well done!

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