“"I received these two beautiful board books from Amicus Publishing and I'm still oohing and aahing over both of them! With incredibly precise, rhythmic text, reading Wildflowers Grow and Butterflies Soar is like singing a song. The illustrations are close-up and detailed and the color pallet throughout both board books portrays a vibrance in nature that every child will want to absorb. Here's an excerpt from Wildflowers Grow: "Down, down, deep. Little seeds asleep. Drop, drop, drip. Waking sip by sip." Below are two illustrations from Wildflowers Grow. In Butterflies Soar, I love how the first page is full of caterpillars inching along blades of grass. Children will quickly get a sense of how lively and colorful nature is! The caterpillars are also very busy---they munch, they crunch, they knit and weave, and they change every day until...a butterfly appears!" ”—Kelsey Marie Paff
Take little ones on an active, rhyming journey of a caterpillar changing to a butterfly in this poetic board book.
Caterpillars crunch leaves. They make their own chrysalises. And every day they change until they hatch into beautiful butterflies! Amber Hendricks’ short expressive lines with repeated action words make this poem perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers, and Gavin Scott’s warm, cozy illustrations encourage all ages to appreciate nature. Little ones will want to read this board book again and again.
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Take little ones on an active, rhyming journey of seeds growing into blooming flowers in this poetic board book.
Underground, seeds sleep until spring. Rain comes, seeds sprout, and flowers burst into bloom! Amber Hendricks’ short expressive lines with repeated action words make this poem perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers, and Gavin Scott’s warm, cozy illustrations encourage all ages to appreciate nature. Little ones will want to read this board book again and again.
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Autumn Leaves Fall
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Little Nature Explorers
Inspire little ones to explore and appreciate nature with these cozy board books. Short expressive lines with repeated words and warm, friendly illustrations make these perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers at storytime or bedtime.READ REVIEWS
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“Wildflowers don’t just happen, as is revealed in this bright, delight-filled board book about the interconnectedness, and interdependency, of nature’s tiniest features. Indeed, a field blanketed with poppies and daisies and heather begins somewhere whose loveliness is less obvious: in underground pockets of soil, around which creatures burrow and stir. From there, seeds have to fight their way toward the light, where little, smiling beings, from mice to bees, meet them and help them along. The eventual result is a triumph of color. ”—Michelle Anne Schingler
“This simple and beautiful rhyming book is wonderful for teaching children about how caterpillars become butterflies. The story is told in rhyming text, adding to its appeal for young children. It goes through the phases of the caterpillar in a simple way that any child will find interesting. The illustrations align with the story. This book can be used to engage readers' interest in nature and all of the beautiful things it has to offer. Learning how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly can also teach children that continuing to grow and learn can lead them to become their own butterflies. In this board book format, the story is more durable to withstand use by younger children. Learning about nature in a simple way can encourage our children to want to continue to learn and preserve the caterpillars that become butterflies. A wonderful simple book that will appeal to all younger children. ”—Lisa Jacovsky
“In this beautifully illustrated board book, young children will learn about the lifecycle of a seed. Beginning with its first moments under the soil and culminating with the emergence of a lovely wildflower, the journey of a seed from a seemingly inanimate object to a wonderful plant is a joy to behold. Along the way, readers and listeners will not only encounter the changing phases of a seed’s lifecycle, but also the other living things that surround it. In turn, creatures such as a hard-working ant, a burrowing mole, a scurrying mouse, and a busy bee all enter into at least the periphery of a seed’s life. Slowly but steadily, the seed begins to germinate, sends out roots and what will become its stalk, pushes its way out of the earth, and stretches up towards the sun. By book’s end, this singular seed joins countless others to become part of a prairie bursting with life and color. All along the seed’s evolution, it remains part of a much broader ecosystem which hinges on the interaction between a vast panoply of living things. Told with care and beautifully augmented by the striking artwork of the illustrator, this is a book that should spur young children to go into their backyard, a park, or a nearby garden and look in amazement at just what every seed can become. ”—Greg Romaneck
“The Little Nature Explorers series introduces common natural processes in short, rhyming verse and colorful illustrations, printed in board-book form for little hands. Butterflies Soar presents the metamorphosis of a butterfly, leading readers through the stages from presumably very hungry caterpillars to chrysalises and, finally, butterflies. Double-page illustrations give wide but up-close views of the critters in their habitats while a repeating patterns of action verbs and short descriptive phrases carry readers through. "Crunch, crunch, much, / Caterpillars lunch." Wildflowers Grow employs the same technique, this time following the journey of flower seedlings—and the creatures around them—from the soil toward the sky. "Down, down, deep / Little seeds asleep." The sing-song text, coupled with the soft, warm artwork, makes these appealing, accessible options, and the repetition of action verbs builds the groundwork of a nature-based vocabulary. Preliterate fans of Phyllis Root's charming Flip, Flap, Fly (2009) will appreciate these gentle nature primers. ”—Ronny Khuri
“From leafy snacks to snug cocoons to unfurled wings, delicate watercolorlike textures reveal how caterpillars metamorphose before happily taking flight as monarch butterflies. Along with Wildflowers Grow, this series captures quietly remarkable moments in nature in gentle, short rhymes with carefully selected verbs winding through soft, expansive compositions. VERDICT Children are never too young for the fascinating details surrounding the monarch. This is a perfect addition to the natural science shelves. ”
“Sometimes the quietest moments in nature are the most remarkable, like the slow but steady growth of a seed as it pushes up from rich soil to bloom as spring flowers. Painterly textures and gentle, short rhymes with carefully selected verbs match the curling quality of the seeds’ delicate sprouting tendrils. VERDICT Preliterate young gardeners will love the images of the process unfurling. ”
“Wonderfully simple poems, accompanied by gorgeous and immersive illustrations, make these board books a fun way for toddlers to learn about the life cycle of butterflies and plants. ”—Maria Marshall