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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)


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Finalist for the 2020 AAAS / Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science Book exemplify outstanding and engaging science writing and illustration for young readers DID YOU KNOW...•Scientists believe that mosses, the first plants, may have changed the Earth's climate from hot to cold by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?•Many members of the cabbage family release a poison "mustard" gas to fend off grazers?•Plants are used in thousands of industries, from low-cost sewage treatment to new medical cures?Young nature enthusiasts will learn these and other fascinating facts about plants in this colorful, interactive resource. Plantology contains fun, kid-friendly discussions and activities to explore many topics—from seeds, roots, and sprouts to plant skeletons, leaves, petals, and fruits. It then goes beyond the basics to delve into the unknown world of common weeds, fascinating plant defense systems, and the countless roles plants play in our lives. With encouragement to "Try This," "Smell It," 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. Children will keep a journal, examine and sketch plant structures, start a seed collection, make tasty vegetarian dishes, and more. Readers from any environment will start to notice the plants around them—not just in parks, gardens, and woods but also surrounding the schools, buildings, and sidewalks of their town, and in their own backyards. Useful resources include a glossary of scientific terms, a list of 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 Sandbox Scientist, She Takes a Stand, Snug As a Bug, and A World of Her Own. He lives and works in Yosemite National Park.