Excited about pollinators? Then it’s time to get prepared:
Suggested pollinator activity:Â Read the children’s picture book Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara C. Levine and illustrated by Masha D’yans.
Narrated by the snarky purple cactus you see on the cover, Flower Talk explores why plants “talk” to animals via their flowers and how they entice the animals to carry their pollen from place to place.
After establishing why plants need animals to help them,
“What would you do if your legs were stuck in the ground for your entire life?”
Levine goes into details about how the different flower colors attract different kinds of pollinators. She also notes that plants with green flowers, like grasses, “aren’t talking to anyone.” They are wind pollinated.
Masha D’yans’ amazing digitally-enhanced watercolor illustrations add just the right amount of fun to keep kids entranced.
Although the text has humorous fictional touches, the extensive back matter is serious. “More About Pollinators” has detailed scientific illustrations of flower parts and explains all the nuts-and-bolts of how pollination works. Other sections cover how to help protect pollinators and where to find out more about plants and pollinators.
Flower Talk is perfect for kids who love fiction as well as for kids who prefer nonfiction. Pick up a copy and find out what the “talk” is all about.
Age Range: 7 – 11 years
Publisher: Millbrook Press TM (March 5, 2019)
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