Vijaya Khisty Bodach Fruits (Plant Parts)

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Fruits (Plant Parts)

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Text and photographs introduces the fruit of plants, and includes information on how they grow, along with their uses.

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Vijaya K Bodach is a Capstone Press author.


Fruits produce and protect the seeds formed by the plants. This is a beautiful book with huge colorful close-up illustrations that depict fruits and their assortment of seeds. Bright red raspberries with their tiny hard seeds, a slice of melon with hundreds of seeds, and the huge single seed in a peach show how diverse a seed can be. The photographs are just right for bringing fruit up close so each detail can be easily consumed by the reader. Readers will come away from this story full of questions as to the how and why of fruits. Fruits is written with early readers in mind; it has a carefully controlled vocabulary with short repetitive sentences. The text corresponds to national science standards making Fruits an ideal choice for a first exposure to informational text. It is complete with a table of contents, a glossary, titles, highlighted vocabulary, labeled diagrams, and an index. Internet references send readers to with a book ID number to help them locate other safe Internet sites related to fruits. Fruits is just one of the books in this early reader series; other titles highlight different parts of the plant: seeds, stems, leaves, and roots. Each book in this series focuses on one main part of the plant yet culminates in a way that ensures that the reader understands that each plant part is vital and that they must all work together to enable a plant to grow and thrive. --Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, January 2007

The Plant Parts series consists of six books titled Roots, Seeds, Flowers, Fruits, Stems, and Leaves. The books are aimed at the very earliest readers, from prekindergarten through grade 2. The sentences are very short with a limited vocabulary, in the face of which the factual presentaiton is nonetheless very nicely done. Each page of text is paired with a full-page photo. The photos are beautiful and aptly illustrate the text. Most of the photos use subjects that would be quickly recognized by the reader; for example, Fruits has excellent photos of apples, kiwis, and peaches, while Roots has equally excellent photos of radishes, carrots, and turnips. The photos add to the appeal of the book and probably help early readers recognize words. Each books has a glossary, an index, and a list of further readings. In addition, reference is made to a child-friendly search engine that would be useful to children at the upper edge of the target audience. Used as a set, these books give a good, age-appropriate introduction to plants and would be useful in a classroom setting or in early childhood-oriented garden programs. They are not hands-on science books, but it is easy to imagine activities that would nicely complement their text. --Science Books & Films; Vol. 43, No. 2; Pages 82-83, March 2007

This new series is an excellent introduction to the parts of a plant. Focusing on just one plant part in each book, the opening chapters present clear and simple explanations of why plants need that particular part to grow and flourish. Succeeding chapters discuss the varieties of that plant part found in nature. The full-page photographs beautifully illustrate the books subjects. Whereas most of the definitions in the glossaries are appropriately worded for young children, some younger readers may need additional help. Also included are instructions for finding relevant Internet sites through FactHound, a very attractive, fun, and easy-to-use Web site that suggests pre-selected, age-appropriate Internet resources. In addition to very effectively supporting science standards related to the identification of plant parts, the books features can also be used to teach about the parts of a book. Young readers will certainly enjoy using these attractive, accurate, and carefully designed books. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended. --Library Media Connection; Vol. 25, No. 7; Page 67, April 2007

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