Saturday, December 30, 2017

101 Kid Friendly Plants by Cindy Krezel

This book is full of "fun plants and family garden projects." The book consists of 10 chapters with the first 8 listing 101 kid friendly plants. Chapter 9 has a list of flowers one should not use with children. Plants are an important part of our world. They're beautiful to look at, they're a source of food for people and animals alike, they have medicinal properties, and are so important in many other ways (some of which you'll learn in this book). Despite all the good plants have some are toxic. This does not make them any less important to the ecosystem but it does mean they require more respect. Do not skip chapter 9. Read it and learn the plants children should be careful of. Go further and teach those plants to your children. You'll have to use other resources (like Google images) to identify the specific plant as visual aid is not included.  Chapter 10 has projects for the family to do to further their learning. It's great to have book theology but one can't just be an arm chair theologian. You have to get out there and learn hands on as well. 

 Each plant is accompanied with beautiful photography which allows children to see what the specific plant looks like. Great photography is a must in order to identify a plant. The book is not exhaustive in showing different parts of the plant so you will want to consult a field guide for any extensive research. It's very basic and most plants are easily recognized so we personally did not need a field guide. With that said, it's always a great idea to have a guide for your particular region lying around. 

Besides a beautiful photo being included with the 101 plants, you also get two paragraphs of information. For example, plant 1 is Clover (Trifolium repens). On the page there's a picture of a clover, the English and Latin name,  a box with projects for clovers which are included in a later chapter, and paragraphs of information on the plant such as, "It fixes nitrogen in the soil (which keeps plants green.)" 

Like I said the book is basic but it is an excellent jam packed resource for children. The writing is aimed for, in my opinion, younger children 5-12, but older students would pick up things as well. A good book is one that teaches multiple ages, including mom. Though the language of this book is simple it does the job of teaching multiple ages quite well.  

I used my copy to teach my children about plants for some of their science. I also had them copy a sentence or more, depending on the child, out of the book to help their handwriting. Killing two birds with one book, eh stone. 

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