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Plant the tiny seed, Christie Matheson

Label
Plant the tiny seed
Title
Plant the tiny seed
Statement of responsibility
Christie Matheson
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature. Contains watercolour depictions of a flower in various stages of growth
Writing style
Review
  • PreS-Gr 1—Matheson's latest interactive picture book follows zinnias from seed to flower. The author asks listeners to press, count, clap, and tap to summon sun and rain, which help the seedlings grow. Small garden animals, including a worm, bees, a snail, and hummingbirds, appear as the three flowers bud and bloom. Observant viewers can spot a ladybug on each spread. White backgrounds and minimal text make this a strong option for sharing with groups as well as with individuals, although some patches of uneven rhythm and rhyme might cause read-aloud stumbles without practice. Instructions for growing zinnias will encourage additional reader participation. VERDICT Sure to engage listeners by calling for their active responses, this is a top choice for collections serving the youngest readers and nature lovers.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato --Kathy Piehl (Reviewed 12/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 12, p97)
  • Matheson brings her interactive approach to Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star to a garden setting, giving readers a chance to take part in the process. First, children can “press” seeds into the ground, after which Matheson instructs, “Wiggle your fingers to add some water. That’s enough. Next, rub the sun to make it hotter.” Up come three green sprouts. Matheson sets the action against broad, white backdrops with just a hint of soil at the bottom edge, creating maximum contrasts as three flowers grow and blossom. Fans of Matheson’s previous titles and other books-as-apps should enjoy this loose introduction to how plants grow. Ages 4–8. Agent: Stacey Glick, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/19/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 51, p)
  • This companion to Matheson's two previous titles featuring interactivity (Tap the Magic Tree, 2013; Touch the Brightest Star, 2015) encourages listeners to tap, press, and swipe their way through gardening. In addition to exerting agency over the planting and nurturing of seeds, children are invited to count and look for a ladybug. The directions (which are very similar to previous books) are presented in uninspired rhymes: "Wiggle your fingers / to add some water. // That's enough. / Next, rub the sun to make it hotter." The narrative unfolds on white pages with a low horizon line created where the soil ends; this brown border fills half an inch or so at the bottom of each page. The red insect, small seeds, and a pale-blue watering spout are gradually added, and isolated natural elements make brief cameos. Presumably the low-key design is meant to contrast with the concluding collage depicting three zinnias, several bees and butterflies, and a hummingbird, but viewers will likely get restless without more-exciting results rewarding their efforts along the way. Whereas pages of different colors and a tree that filled each composition, changing with the seasons, provided visual interest in Tap the Magic Tree, these scenes feel empty for too long. Preschoolers need to learn how plants grow. This supplies the basics, but novelty (an arguably waning term for app imitators on paper) is not a substitute for compelling art. (notes) (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2016)
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10548308
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Matheson, Christie
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Stories in rhyme
  • Seeds
  • Gardening
  • Seeds
  • Gardening
Target audience
preschool
Label
Plant the tiny seed, Christie Matheson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059382940
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062393395
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)948339177
Label
Plant the tiny seed, Christie Matheson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059382940
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062393395
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)948339177

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