Today, I decided to take a short break from our bimonthly theme, Girl Power and Women’s Wiles. My featured post for Nonfiction Monday is Gathering Books’ extended celebration for Earth Day weekend. Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Books4Learning. Visit their website for the roundup post.
A seed is sleepy.
It lies there, tucked inside its flower,
on its cone, or beneath the soil. Snug. Still.
I picked up this book from the library an hour ago. I’ve always been fond of picture book biographies, and I have a bunch waiting on my shelf. However, I wanted to feature something different for Nonfiction Monday, something I haven’t fully explored yet. Earth Day weekend has just passed (although, technically, it’s still April 22nd in my part of the world). I still have the excitement brought about by Stella and Sam in my most recent Perfect Picture Book Friday post. So I thought, why not feature something nature-related? Just for kicks. See if I could find a good book to feature. Then I discovered this: A Seed is Sleepy written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long.
A Seed is Sleepy is one of the most charming nonfiction picture books I’ve read – and it’s not even a picture book biography! Dianna Hutts Aston’s lyrical storytelling and Sylvia Long’s bright and detailed illustrations of seeds and plants had me sold on this book. Seeds are personified in the book, each page featuring a certain ‘characteristic.’ Along with it is a brief description or trivia about seeds accompanied by illustrations done in watercolor.
Highly informative, both kids and adults would learn a lot from the book. A Seed is Sleepy appeals to young readers, in particular, because it strays away from straightforward, “did-you-know” type of narrative found in some nonfiction books. The poetic nature of Aston’s storytelling makes you feel like you’re reading a magical story of a seed, taking a peek in its daily life, and sharing its journey.
A seed is inventive.
To find a spot to grow,
a seed might leap from its pod,
or cling to a
or tumble through
a bear’s belly.
A seed hopes to land where
there is plenty of
sunlight, soil, and water.
If you’re looking for an informative book about nature, I highly recommend this piece of art. It’s a great way to introduce children to a variety of seeds and tidbits about plants and nature. Will definitely add this to my picture book collection.
About the Author and Illustrator
(Taken from the back flap of the book)
Dianna Hutts Aston spends a lot of time in her backyard investigating seeds. She often enlists the help of her children, James and Elizabeth. She lives in Texas. Her previous books include An Egg is Quiet; When You Were Born; Loony Little; Bless This Mouse; and Mama Outside, Mama Inside. To learn more about her, please visit her website.
Sylvia Long is the illustrator many best-selling books for children. Ms. Long’s detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her previous books include Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose, Snug as a Bug, and An Egg is Quiet. For more information about her, you may stop by her website.