From seed to tree to fruit: the Apple Tree

Summary:

Trees are the biggest kind of plant. Most of them begin as seeds, become saplings, and then grow to full maturity. Some, like an apple tree, also flower and bear fruit. With the apple tree as our example, readers learn about how trees collect and use water, collect "food" from the earth, and move through their life cycle (seasons).


Parent Perspective:
I like that this easy reader is shaped like a picture book. That allows for more illustration space, which young readers still crave. The descriptions are well done, and readers will have no problem absorbing the information.

What surprised me, though, is that this is listed as a "Level 1" science reader. I was expecting the leveling to be related to the grade-level readability. Instead, it correlates to the grade-level SCIENCE. The vocabulary is repetitive, to allow for skill development, but the pages are pretty text dense.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love nature and exploring illustrations will enjoy this book.

Content Awareness Factors:

None for content. The pages are fairly dense with text, so although it is an easy reader, this isn't a "first book" for new readers.


Type of Book:
This is a nonfiction easy reader to help children learning to read.
Educational Themes:

The story follows the growth cycle of an apple tree, though other trees are identified and described. If your child is interested in nature, go back through the book to look at the pictures and talk about the other content.

There is an easy-to-do experiment to help kids see plant synthesis in action.

Reading Level:
2.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The book, while interesting, has a "school" feel to it. It isn't one you'd buy for home.

Title A Tree Is a Plant
About

Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science

Author Clyde Robert Bulla
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2016
Illustrators Stacey Schuett
ISBN 9780062382108
Material Paperback
Cost $6.99
Genres Nature, Science - Biology

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