by Antoinette Portis
Neal Porter Books, 2022
The latest science picture book by Sibert honoree, Antoinette Portis, follows a seed as it grows into a sunflower. The circular story begins and ends with a seed falling to the ground to illustrate the life cycle of a plant. Vibrant illustrations using a variety of techniques such as gel printing and potato stamping accompany the simple yet scientific language. Young readers will marvel at the vertical, fold-out page that illustrates the bud blooming into a flower. Back matter includes a diagrams and illustrations of the parts of a sunflower and the life cycle of sunflower for readers who are looking for more information on the topic. A Seed Grows is a well-crafted early science book for emergent readers to read for pleasure or for parents and caregivers to share with the children in their lives. It could also be used in preschool programming in public libraries or in primary school science lessons.