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The Reason for a Flower

The Reason for a Flower - Ruth Heller 2/16/2011 ** Read this with my students today before we pollinated the flowers of our rapid-cycle Brassica rapa plants. I wanted the kids to understand why we didn't yet have seed pods and why/how we needed to pollinate. The book was an excellent complement to our science lesson today and my students did seem to enjoy both the pictures and the text, while also applying some of the scientific terminology later during their hands-on activity.

I've owned the book since the mid-90s when I saw Ruth Heller at an author signing. It's beautifully illustrated, though some of the text felt choppy while reading it aloud. Some pages rhymed, but others didn't - I felt that I couldn't get into a rhythm while reading.