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Once again, noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a small corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air, with roots extending over six feet into the ground. The book also discusses the makeup of soil and the amazing creatures who live there, from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas, and earthworms.
In the month of the Maple Sugar Moon, the snow's too wet for angel making, icicles rain from Grandpa's porch roof, and something is stirring in the woods. It's sugarbush spring; time to tap the trees, prepare the bottles, then gather round the cook fire to eat chicken and dumplings, roast marshmallows, and tell stories while the cold sap heats through, thickens, and boils to make syrup.
All about crops, especially highlighting the lifecycle of crops and the work it takes to produce them.
This book describes popularly grown crops, such as corn, soybeans, lettuce, and oranges, how they are planted and how they grow.
Did you know that the cotton for your jeans was picked from a plant? How did the colorful wool in your sweater get from a sheep's back to a ball of yarn? Where did your soccer uniform, your rain boots, and your fleece jacket come from? And what does recycling plastic bottles have to do with anything? Visit farms, forests, and factories all over the world to find out how everything you wear has a story behind it. Back matter includes an author's note, an illustrator's note, a bibliography, and an index.
From the whippoorwill's call on the first day of spring through the first snowfall, Edna and members of her family gather fruits, berries, and vegetables from the fields, garden and orchard on their Virginia farm and turn them into wonderful meals. Includes facts about the life of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves who grew up to be a famous chef.
Come along on the journey as common household foods travel from farm to factory to table. Learn how grapes are made into jelly! With clear process explanations and charming illustrations, this series answers the questions of curious and hungry kids. A child wonders where jelly comes from, and learns about the jobs of a grape farmer and workers in a jelly factory. This illustrated narrative nonfiction book includes a map of where Concord grapes are grown, a glossary, and further resources.
This book describes apple production, following the process from farm to the table. Fun facts about apples and their production, processing, packaging, and distribution are provided throughout.
This book illustrates the production of sugar, following the process from the farms where sugarcane is grown to the factories where the sugar is extracted to the stores where the sugar is sold.
With clear explanations and charming illustrations, this series answers the questions of curious and hungry kids. A child wonders where chocolate comes from, and learns about cocoa farmers in West Africa, and how cocoa beans are made into chocolate at a factory.
How is honey made from a flower? Follow each step in nature's cycle - from pretty bloom to tasty treat - in this fascinating book!
How does a cocoa bean turn into tasty chocolate? Follow each step in the food production cycle - from planting cocoa trees to eating a sweet treat - in this fascinating book.
How do trees make sweet maple syrup? Follow each step in the food production cycle - from planting sugar maple trees to pouring syrup on pancakes - in this fascinating book!
How does a peanut turn into peanut butter? Follow each step in the food production cycle - from planting peanut seeds to spreading peanut butter on bread - in this fascinating book.
Follow the production path of peanut butter from the planting of the seed to the manufacturing of peanut butter!
How does a tiny seed grow into a sweet, juicy strawberry? Follow each step in the cycle - from planting seeds to eating yummy strawberries - in this fascinating book!
How does an apple tree produce a tasty fruit? Follow each step in nature's cycle - from starting a new tree to eating a juicy apple - in this fascinating book!
How do strawberries become tasty jam? Follow each step in the process - from picking the berries to spreading the jam on toast - in this fascinating book!
Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of bread from wheat.
How does wheat turn into bread? Follow each step in the food production cycle - from planting wheat seeds to eating toast with jelly - in this fascinating book!
Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of bread from wheat.
Join our young baker (and her little dog!) as they travel the United States—from New Hampshire to Hawaii, from Alaska to Texas—in search of the coal, cotton, clay, and granite they need to create all their baking tools. In a companion to her bestselling How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, two-time Caldecott Honor illustrator Marjorie Priceman takes us on a round-the-U.S.A. journey by riverboat, taxi, train, and plane in a culinary adventure—and a playful celebration of America's natural resources.
An apple pie is easy to make, if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.
This book highlights legumes, especially peanuts and beans. Learn the history, agricultural production, and processing of these food crops. You will also find recipes and cooking methods used around the world.
This book provides a fun-filled exploration of the history and field-to-table processes of onions, garlic, leeks, celery, asparagus, and rhubarb. Examine the discovery and migration of these vegetables as well as their roles in cooking, technology, and world cultures.
This excellent book describes how foods from North and South America changed eating around the world. It focuses on corn, beans, peppers, peanuts, potatoes, tomatoes, and chocolate but also includes other foods that originated in the Americas. Can you imagine Italian food without the tomato? Indian curries without the pepper? German or Irish food without the potato? Corn is now the most widely grown grain in the world. This book details the history of those transitions and is illustrated with historic artwork and modern photos. For anyone wishing to understand the real gold found in America, this book is an essential read.
Vegetables describes different vegetables, how they grow, and why they are nutritious.
Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world's first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals and plants all inherit and pass down traits through the same process.
Discover the incredible true story of how one of history's most successful potato farmers began life as a slave and worked until he was named the "Potato King of the World!" Junius G. Groves came from humble beginnings in the Bluegrass State. Born in Kentucky into slavery, freedom came when he was still a young man and he intended to make a name for himself. Along with thousands of other African Americans who migrated from the South, Junius walked west and stopped in Kansas. Working for a pittance on a small potato farm was no reason to feel sorry for himself, especially when he was made foreman. But Junius did dream of owning his own farm, so he did the next best thing. He rented the land and worked hard! As he built his empire, he also built a family, and he built them both on tons and tons and tons of potatoes. He never quit working hard, even as the naysayers doubted him, and soon he was declared Potato King of the World and had five hundred acres and a castle to call his own. From award winning author Tonya Bolden and talented illustrator Don Tate comes a tale of perseverance that reminds us no matter where you begin, as long as you work hard, your creation can never be called small potatoes.
How long does it take for science to find an answer to a problem? On January 25, 1862, naturalist Charles Darwin received a box of orchids. One flower, the Madagascar star orchid, fascinated him. It had an 11.5" nectary, the place where flowers make nectar, the sweet liquid that insects and birds eat. How, he wondered, did insects pollinate the orchid? It took 130 years to find the answer.
Seeds For Change documents how Suri and Edda Sehgal, refugees who each escaped dangerous and difficult circumstances as children, came to America as young adults (from India and Germany respectively), met and fell in love, and went on to have more astonishing experiences as talented and visionary business leaders, generous philanthropists, and proud Americans. As a crop scientist, seedsman, and agricultural visionary, Suri became a respected and pivotal figure in the development of the global hybrid-seed industry. He and Edda have shared their resulting good fortune with those in need around the world. Their personal history is a chronicle of remarkable events and people, but most importantly, an enduring lifelong commitment to helping others that is their family legacy.
Dr. Norman Borlaug, one of the world's greatest heroes, is the most highly-decorated individual of our time. He is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. Dr. Borlaug is one of five people in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. In addition, Dr. Borlaug received the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian award the government of India can present to a non-citizen. Read more about Dr. Borlaug's life in this award-winning book.
Farm Animals is a 32-page book filled with facts to learn about many types of farms and the animals that live there. The book includes real-life pictures and color illustrations. In addition to the text, each page includes a fun fact. Readers will learn why traditional farm animals such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, and pigs are kept on farms. They will also learn why specialty farms raise ducks, geese, fish, and ostriches.
A colorful book, discussing farm animals, what they do, and what they provide for us.
Learn about animals like cows, chickens, goats, pigs, and horses in this informative book! Large pictures help give students accurate ideas of animals.
An overview of different types of farms and the animals that are raised there, including sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, chickens, and bees.
A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her, avoids birds that might eat her, and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee.
This book comes from the "Start to Finish" series. It outlines the steps and process of how wool is taken from a sheep to make a sweater.
Join Little Red in this berry farm-friendly adaptation of a timeless fairy tale. Part of the Fairy Tale Trail series.
Many seeds travel inside fruits. The fruit is like a suitcase for the seeds. It protects them on their trip. Readers will learn how fruits are designed to protect a plant's seeds and also to help the plant spread its seeds to new places.
A look at the life cycle of a sunflower. Accompanying educator guide also available.
Learn all about the plant cycle, from how seeds grow, the fascinating ways they travel, and what it takes for a seed to become a plant. Meet seeds that pop, hop, creep, and explode in this vividly illustrated introduction to the simplest concepts of botany. The story, which is perfect for elementary school Common Core learning, carefully highlights the many ways that seeds get from here to there, engaging children's curiosity with strong action verbs. Stunning photographs with fact-packed captions provide supporting details, explaining the role of seed features and functions in creating new generations of plants. Complete with an illustrated glossary and back matter featuring more resources, this book inspires wonder as it encourages budding botanists of all ages to look with new eyes at plants and their seeds.
This book tells about the life of a seed before it becomes a plant. The cycles of the seeds are explained and labeled for identification. Great book to go along with growing plants.
How do plants survive when they can't run away from danger? Plants can live in diverse places such as under water, in deserts, cold climates, high elevations or even on other plants. They must contend with storms, fire, poor soils, and hungry animals and insects. Fortunately plants can grow from spores, seeds, or vegetatively and often get a helping hand from people. Plants are cultivated to provide fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, and fibers such as cotton as well as for wood, paper, and many other products. The book concludes by noting a few of the habitats plants help create such as forests, prairies, and marshes as the comical plant characters conclude that they do indeed have amazing powers. Several related activities are listed such as a plant power scavenger hunt, a writing prompt: My Plant Power, and a kitchen scrap garden.
Agronomy Grow with It! explores the science of agriculture. Agronomy is the science we use to grow the crops that feed us, feed our livestock, and even fuel our cars. It's a science that tackles the big challenge of our future: How can we grow enough food to end world hunger and, at the same time, adapt to a changing climate and protect our environment? This book introduces you to 20 real agronomists who face that challenge every day.
This book teaches all about apples. Students will learn how and when apples were brought to America, about Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), where apples grow, names of basic varieties of apples, the parts of an apple, about pollination of apple blossoms, the lifecycle of the apple tree, and the many culinary uses for apples.
This book tells the story of the orange beginning with the blossom and ending with the juicy fruit in winter. Illustrations of the plant's growth cycle, produce history, and transportation to the grocery store are included.
This book teaches students how apples grow, different varieties of apples, and ways to use them. Apples for Everyone is a high-quality book from National Geographic Kids.
Simple text and photographs describe how apples grow on trees and other foods that grow on trees. Part of the How Fruits and Vegetables Grow set.
This book describes the growth, care, cultivation, types and uses of apples.
Text and photographs in this book describe planting, growing, picking, and eating green beans.
Simple text and photographs describe how blueberries grow on a bush and other foods that grow on bushes..Part of the How Fruits and Vegetables Grow set.
California Grapes introduces California's table grapes to young readers. This story is presented in a rhyming fashion and covers everything from the history of California's table grapes to the basics on how grapes are grown. Nutrition is also emphasized in the book.
Part of the How Fruits and Vegetables Grow set, this title highlights the life cycle of a carrot and gives examples of other plant-based foods that grow underground. Designed for early readers, the book includes a list of additional resources and a glossary.
Celebrate Wheat is the fourth book in a series about Kailey who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book , Kailey is having a pizza party and wonders where their pizza crust comes from. Her grandma tells her the story of how wheat is planted, harvested and eventually ends up in many yummy foods.
When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become fine, full Christmas trees. A cozy, holiday read-aloud and a lyrical way to usher in the month of December.
On Janice and Leo Clarks' Christmas Tree Farm, there are tall skinny trees and small cozy treez, long-needled white pines and short-needled spruce. Which tree is the right one? Read along as the Clarks care for their trees and make sure they get to your living room in time for the holidays.
Join Ciderella in this farm-friendly adaptation of a timeless fairy tale that reminds us of the power of kindness, love, and a sweet glass of fresh apple cider. This book is part of the Fairy Tale Trail series.
Bright, colorful, and informative, this book is a great introduction to photosynthesis and how plants make food using sunlight.
Bursting with flavor and just the right infusion of insight, Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems presents a collection of poems from 34 writers on the most universal topic of all: food.
This book talks about many kinds of crops, including broccoli, radishes, carrots, watermelon, and more! The large photos help students see differences and learn about how these plants grow.
Learn about the history and present use of the White House lawn and gardens with this interesting and thorough nonfiction work. This book also presents factual information on gardening as well as important nutrition guidelines for healthy eating.
Thomas Jefferson loved the garden. In the spring , he and his neighbors competed to see whose peas would be ready to eat first. Two hundred years later, Maya's class is having it's own First Peas to the Table contest. Will a secret tip from Thomas Jefferson help Maya win?
An informative book explaining what flowers are, and why they are important for plant reproduction.
Discover how cotton goes from a plant to the clothes we wear every day with this informative, step-by-step book.
From Flower to Fruit will transform curious readers into budding botanists. The book draws you in with the twin charms of rich illustrations and an engaging narrative.
Where does orange juice come from? Learn how orange juice starts with oranges in an orange grove. Follow along as the oranges are taken to a factory and made into orange juice.
Life cycles are a fascinating and integral part of every science curriculum. This is a great introduction to the wonder of how things grow.
This book explores the intricate relationship between seeds and the plants they produce.
This Stage 1, Let's-Read-and-Find-Out book shows young students how a pumpkin plant grows. The text clearly presents how the plant develops from seed to mature pumpkin as well as how it obtains and distributes water and nutrients. Three children join a farmer as he plants pumpkin seeds, waters them, and observes the plants as they grow. The last two pages give instructions for two activities, "Roasted Pumpkin Seeds" and "How Plants Drink Water." This is an excellent introduction to plant development in general and pumpkins in particular.
How does a tree turn into a comic book or a magazine? Follow each step in the production cycle?from planting a tree to reading or writing on paper?in this fascinating book!
This beautifully illustrated story connects past and present as a girl bakes a chocolate cake with her father and learns about her grandfather harvesting cacao beans in West Africa. As a little girl and her father bake her birthday cake together, Daddy tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. In a land where elephants roam and the air is hot and damp, Grandpa Cacao worked in his village to harvest cacao, the most important ingredient in chocolate. "Chocolate is a gift to you from Grandpa Cacao," Daddy says. "We can only enjoy chocolate treats thanks to farmers like him." Once the cake is baked, it's ready to eat, but this isn't her only birthday present. There's a special surprise waiting at the front door.
This book covers early history, cultivation, processing, and nutritional importance of grains. One chapter is dedicated to each grain, including wheat, rice, corn, millet and barley, and oats and rye. The two-column text reads easily and is full of informative material.
A freckle-faced young gardener opens a packet of seeds. And the magic begins! Crisp verses take the reader through the growing season, from a sprout peeking out, to a curlicue catching dew, to a vine twining on a line, until finally, green beans! It's time to harvest a full season of garden knowledge and experience.
This book was developed to help identify woody plants commonly encountered in Iowa. The guide features common terms and includes characteristics to help with field identification.
Students will be amazed by the care orchard farmers must take in the growing and harvesting of fruit. Vibrant photography and a concise text make this a remarkable book.
How does a tiny acorn grow into an enormous oak tree? This Level 1 Let's-Read-And-Find-Out picture book shows how little seeds become the plants and trees that surround us.
Have you ever eaten a part of a flower? You have if you have eaten an apple! Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit that's ready for you to pick!
Join in on the fun in Mr. Tiffin's class as they find a messy way to see how many seeds are in a pumpkin.
Describes the relationship between plants and animals and how they depend on each other for survival.
The pages of this guide include information with both the wetland professional and amateur native plant enthusiast in mind. Each page includes photos of seed and seedlings as well as a line drawing of a mature plant.
Old MacDonald had a...garden? Yes! Sing along with young Jo MacDonald as she grows healthy food for people and wild creatures. E-I-E-I-O! Find out how butterflies, bumblebees, and birds help a garden to thrive – and how you can help them too. And keep an eye on one mysterious plant. What will it become? Youngsters learn about garden ecosystems and stewardship through this playful adaptation of Old MacDonald Had a Farm.
Text and photographs introduce leaves found on trees and plants, and includes information on how they grow, along with their uses.
Part of the How Fruits and Vegetables Grow set, this simple book lets young learners discover how lettuce grows.
Pumpkins is a picture-book celebration of the edible plant. Full-color photography offers a tour of the life of a pumpkin plant, from planting to flower to fruit to harvest, and finally to being carved into a jack-o-lantern. Large photos and simple language make this book ideal for young students.
It is fall and juicy things are growing in Mr. Putter's backyard; apples, tomatoes, and pears! Mr. Putter dreams of all the juicy things he loves to eat, but most of all, he dreams of pear jelly. There's only one problem -- cranky legs keep him from climbing up to pick the pears. His ingenious solution will have young readers cheering him on.
Cort wants to take you on a tour of his family's Georgia peach farm. He will share the story of the farm that has been in his family for more than 130 years. The family's hard work and love of farming produces some of the sweetest, most popular peaches found anywhere.
With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 (and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles) the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis; pollination; and seed dispersal.
On a visit to his grandparents' house, Oliver wants to eat only French fries. Grandpa tells him that he may look in the garden for potatoes, but that he must eat what he finds, whatever it may be. On the first evening, Oliver pulls up carrots and discovers that he likes them. On successive days he discovers spinach, rhubarb, cabbage, beets, and peas. A fun book about eating from the garden.
What does a tree farm look like? Follow along with three Georgia farm girls to hear about how their family's tree farm operates, cares for the trees, and creates lumber for us.
This book introduces students to how important plants are to our planet and our existence and illustrates how plants have a positive medicinal effect in curing diseases, provide alternative forms of fuel, and help to reverse global warming.
Plants Feed Me is an early elementary, non-fiction picture book about the plant foods we eat. This book describes which parts of plants are edible in simple accessible language using botanically realistic illustrations. Basic botanical science concepts of seed, sprout, flower, fruit, and plant structure are introduced with words and pictures.
This book uses colorful photos and simple, leveled text to introduce children to the plants found on farms around the world.
Practical and easy-to-understand field guide with seedling specific descriptions and handy tips on differentiating seedlings of similar plants. Guide includes pictures and drawings of seeds, seedlings, and mature plants of more than 50 tallgrasses, prairie grasses, and flowers.
This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle. See views of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing, and then going back to earth.
The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change. After the snow, all that was left was a stem, some seeds, and a crumpled pumpkin skin. But in the spring there was another change -- a plant began to grow...
This book tells young readers all about how pumpkins grow. They will learn how we use pumpkins, how we plant seeds, and how the process can begin again.
Did you know pumpkins have been around for 11,000 years? Or that the biggest pumpkin on record weighed over 1,300 pounds? Learn all about pumpkins, where they come from, how to grow them, and more. This informative book is guaranteed to squash the competition! Recipes, fun facts, and resources round out the text.
From late summer to Thanksgiving, pumpkins are everywhere, a symbol of fall and a reminder of the holidays to come. In this book, Ken Robbins portrays the pumpkin from seed, to sprout, to flower, to fully fledged fruit, and back again. Instructions are given to (safely) carve a jack-o’-lantern.
Text and photographs introduces the roots found on trees and plants, including how they grow and their uses.