by Molly Bang
illustrated by Penny Chisholm
This title tackles a very complicated subject--- photo-synthesis---and largely succeeds. Narrated by the sun, the text explains what is happening at a molecular level and why it matters on a broad scale. Accompanying the text are Penny Chisolm's striking illustrations that "light up the pages and swirl across the page." (School Library Journal)
Booklist gave it a starred review and Amazon customers gave it 5 out of 5, but School Library Journal's review expressed a valid concern that some of the content is too difficult. We agree, so we've bumped up the recommended interest level (publisher recommends preschool - 3rd grade!) The book has so much to offer, but you'll definitely want to pre-read it to decide if some sections should be skipped.
Interest Level: Gr. 2-5 Grade Equivalent: 2.4 Lexile: AD610L
Below are sample spreads from inside this book. You can't totally tell from sour small versions here, but the pages have a great luminous quality.
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