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In this silly children’s book, Charley Hoce captures the attention of young readers by providing them with clever and rhyming poems about farm life.  Children will get a kick out of the chicken (that isn’t so chicken) and the counting sheep (that really can’t count past two) while also getting some good language skills practice.

This curriculum, developed by the University of California Botanical Garden Programs alongside local school districts and youth organizations, presents itself as a life science unit for grades k-4 that explores the plants we eat.  With eight lessons that include dissections, tastings, diagrams, experiments, investigative questions and reflection questions, students will take their first steps to becoming food scientists!

Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon—with the help of a pill bug named Icky—they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down—booby voobeck!—only to be carried off in turn. Su! With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard. Su!

A fold-out rhyming book showing the progress of a seed, into a plant, then into a crop.

Miss Maple loves nurturing the lost seeds of the world. Travel through the seasons with her and her woodland friends as they help the seeds stay strong before it’s their time to be planted. And remember, big tall trees started out as tiny little seeds.

Watch as Lucy and Mamie bring a little spring into Mamie’s house during the cold winter months. Together they grow a paperwhite bulb.

How do you make a garden grow? In this playful book you will see how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful flowers. And by tapping, clapping, waving, and more, young readers can join in the action!

Learn all about seeds! Learn what they need to grow into plants, how they can be spread around, and what types we eat.

Learn the basics to starting a garden, whether it’s just a few pots of flowers or herbs, or a whole plot for a vegetable garden.

Text and photographs introduce the stems of trees and plants, including information on how they grow, along with their uses.