Regard for dandelions varies as much as the locations where they grow. Some people strive to keep their yards free of the common spring weed, while others love picking dandelions for yellow bouquets, and still others cannot resist blowing on the white puffs to scatter seeds. Whether you fall in the camp regarding the dandelion as a yard nuisance or a cheerful weed, there’s no denying that dandelions are remarkable in their resilience. Little Dandelion Seeds the World highlights the various ways dandelion seeds scatter to grow in various environments around the world.
Here are three reasons to love this book:
- Is it fiction? Is in nonfiction? Author Julia Richardson’s lovely, lyrical text with repeating refrain reads more like a fiction, but the content contains many interesting facts about dandelion seeds. The result is that readers will be engaged fully with this book and learn without realizing it.
- Artists Kristen Howdeshell and Kevin Howdeshell have done a wonderful job creating the diverse places dandelions grow. Readers will feel like they are swept along with a dandelion seed carried in the wind.
- While many are very familiar with dandelions seeds blowing away to scatter across fields, many probably don’t think of other ways the seeds are transported to other areas, and this book highlights many.
Before reading this book, I didn’t know dandelions grow on all seven continents. I thought they were a plague only to American lawns and gardens, but now knowing they grow even in Antarctica, I have come to have more respect for the small weed.
In full disclosure, I have a connection to the writer, but anyone who reads Little Dandelion Seeds the World will agree it’s a beautiful book. I highly recommend this book for ages 4-8, and it would make a wonderful choice to use in a nature study during the spring when dandelions abound.