Independent Publishers Group Logo

Sign up today...
for featured titles, special offers, bestsellers, and more, in your inbox!

Subscribe to receive special offers, monthly books suggestions, seasonal selections, and more!



30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Plants

Young Naturalists


144 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.99 (CA $21.99) (US $15.99)

Publication Date: February 2019

ISBN 9781613737378

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Feb 2019)


eBook Editions Available

Will it work on my eReader?
Price: $15.99


Plantology guides young nature enthusiasts on a journey into the world of plants and the role they play in our lives. Full of colorful photos and illustrations, this fun and interactive resource presents clear, kid-friendly discussions of plant topics from the underground up—from seeds, roots, and sprouts to plant skeletons, leaves, petals, flowers, and fruits. But naturalist Michael Elsohn Ross goes beyond plant basics to explore the unknown world of common weeds, fascinating plant defense systems, the marvelous mechanisms of seed dispersal and pollination, and the history of everyday plant products in our homes. Plantology also illuminates humans’ connections with plants and the solutions they offer, from low-cost sewage treatment and toxic waste removal to providing new medical cures. With encouragement to “Try This” and “Look For,” kids participate in 30 hands-on activities that promote observation and analysis, writing and drawing, math and science, and nature literacy skills. They will keep a plant journal, examine and sketch plant shapes, colors, and structures; start a seed collection, make tasty plant dishes, and more. Readers from any region will start to take notice of the plants around them—not just in parks, gardens, and woods but also around the schools, buildings, and sidewalks of their town, and in their own backyards. Useful resources include a glossary of plant terms, a list of plant and nature organizations and groups, and a teacher’s guide to initiate classroom discussion and investigation.


“This super cool book will have your kids looking at the natural world in a whole new way.” -- Red Tricycle

“’Plantology’ helps young naturalists compile the amazing interdependence of people, animals, and plants, in a positive, educational, and inspirational book.” --Midwest Book Review

Author Biography

Michael Elsohn Ross is an award-winning author of over 40 books for children, including Salvador Dali and the Surrealists, Sandbox Scientist, She Takes a Stand, Snug As a Bug, and A World of Her Own. He lives and works in Yosemite National Park.