October 8, 2016

Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch, illustrated by Mia Posada

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 4:44 pm by suebe2

plants-cant-sit-stillPlants Can’t Sit Still
by Rebecca E. Hirsch
illustrated by Mia Posada
Millbrook Press

We think of plants as stationary objects, anchored to one place.  Read Hirsch’s book and you will see plants wiggle, squirm and reach as they grow.  You be there when they climb and walk, snap and fold.

Readers will learn about the movement of plants as they grow, as they capture a meal (venus fly trap) and as they avoid being eaten (sensitive plant or touch-me-not).  There is information about how plants move throughout the day and how seeds are dispersed. Some of the movements are small, such as when a flower closes, and others cover vast distances, when a coconut floats across the ocean, coming to rest on a new spot of land.

I love books that make us rethink how we look at the world so this one was natural for me.  I also appreciate how the author uses especially simple text to convey so much information.

Mia Posada brings the plants themselves to life using a combination of cut paper collage and water-color.  Fibers in the paper are used to great effect as they mirror the fibers in the plants themselves.  The water-color lend graceful bleeds as leaves turn toward their autumn colors as well as the vibrant but changing colors within a venus fly trap.  I love cut paper collage and “read” the book through once just taking in the textures of the paper.

For those who want more information than can be found in the main text, the author has compiled extensive information on each plant in an author’s note.  My only complaint, and it is minor, is that in describing the Russian thistle she doesn’t clarify that it is also known as a tumble weed.  Since there is no image accompanying this particular description, some readers may have trouble making the connection back to the appropriate image. A glossary, reading list and web sites round out the back matter.

This book is an excellent choice for quite reading or for use in the classroom.  Share it with the young reader in your life today!

–SueBE

 

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