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Weeds Find a Way    by Cindy Jenson-Elliott & Carolyn Fisher order for
Weeds Find a Way
by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
Order:  USA  Can
Beach Lane, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Although there are plenty of picture books on plants and gardening, there aren't too many on weeds. As youngsters page through this new book they'll discover how resilient and persistent weeds can be.

'Weeds find a way to grow: by the side of a windy road, in a crack in the cellar of a creaky old house, in a tangle of tree roots at the top of a spine of stone, or wedged in the worm hole of a tattered sneaker.'

The text that accompanies the big, bold illustrations is pretty rudimentary but at the back of the picture book the author does, fortunately, provide a listing of a number of plants (dandelion, milkweed, thistle, wild mustard, etc.) that offers a little more detail.

The value of a book like this is to introduce children to the topic, in this case weeds. Once that is done, you can broaden the approach with other books, hands on projects, or an Internet search so that the youngsters really learn something about the subject.

First and second grade teachers as well as home schooling parents may want to check this book out as the starting point for a weed/plant unit. A creative person can spin a number of activities from this ground breaker!

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