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Pretty Tricky
The Sneaky Ways Plants Survive
By (author): Etta Kaner Illustrated by: Ashley Barron
Etta Kaner ,

Illustrated by :

Ashley Barron

Imprint:

Owlkids - Toronto

ISBN:

9781771473699

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Interest age, years 7 - 10, Canadian school grade range 2 - 5, US school grade range 2 - 5
Sep 15, 2020
$19.95 CAD
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Dimensions:

11.5in x 9 x 0.44 in | 534 gr

Page Count:

48 pages

Illustrations:

Full colour illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
Owlkids
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants
 
Outstanding Science Trade Book 2020, Commended B.C. Children's Choice Red Cedar Book Award 2021, Short-listed Lane Anderson Award for Canadian Science Writing 2020, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Have you ever thought of plants as tricky? Probably not. But in this nonfiction book, readers are introduced to the tricky techniques some plants use to defend themselves, reproduce, or acquire food. From the copycat Boquila vine that changes shape to match its host plant, to the pungent carrion flower that lures pollinating flies with the scent of rotten meat, plants across the globe have adapted to survive all kinds of threatening fauna.

Each amazing plant adaptation is described through fact bubbles and easy-to-grasp blocks of text. End matter includes a list of sources for kids to explore, a glossary defining scientific terms, and an index.

Brought to life with eye-popping cut-paper collage illustrations, this book is a garden of knowledge that will leave kids with a better understanding of how living things adapt to their environments.
A guide to how plants use trickery to survive and thrive

Have you ever thought of plants as tricky? Probably not. But in this nonfiction book, readers are introduced to the tricky techniques some plants use to defend themselves, reproduce, or acquire food. From the copycat Boquila vine that changes shape to match its host plant, to the pungent carrion flower that lures pollinating flies with the scent of rotten meat, plants across the globe have adapted to survive all kinds of threatening fauna.

Each amazing plant adaptation is described through fact bubbles and easy-to-grasp blocks of text. End matter includes a list of sources for kids to explore, a glossary defining scientific terms, and an index.

Brought to life with eye-popping cut-paper collage illustrations, this book is a garden of knowledge that will leave kids with a better understanding of how living things adapt to their environments.

  • Written by award-winning children’s nonfiction writer Etta Kaner
  • Illustrated in vibrant, colorful cut-paper collage by Ashley Barron
  • STEM curriculum ties to plant adaptations and interdependence with animals and the environment

ETTA KANER writes for both children and educators. Many of her books have won awards including the Silver Birch award, the Henry Bergh award, the Animal Behaviour Society award, the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada award, the Scientific American Young Readers book award and the Science in Society book award. Etta lives in Toronto, Canada.

ASHLEY BARRON studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has since illustrated a number of books with Owlkids and Kids Can Press. Ashley shares a studio with her partner and two cats in Toronto, Ontario.

"The layout is excellent, and the collages are extraordinary... there’s lots of information here. Plant this one on your bookshelf." - Kirkus Reviews – STARRED REVIEW

"With interesting facts on every page and vibrant art full of lively scenery, one thing is certain: readers won’t look at plants the same way again." - Booklist – STARRED REVIEW

"Barron’s stellar artwork is a standout. Her captivating illustrations could motivate readers to further research the featured plants and animals." - School Library Journal

"Bright colored leaves and flowers spill over the pages while readers learn about plants that play dead, house stinging ants, and even explode pollen all over birds... I was completely enamored by all of the facts within these pages, and I hope the young botanist in your life is as well." - The Tiny Activist

"Kaner and Barron have crafted a beautiful collaboration celebrating a variety of plants that use a variety of methods to survive, thrive, and procreate." - Kiss the Book

"Pretty Tricky will give young readers some interesting information about the different strategies and adaptations plants have developed to help them survive, find food, reproduce and defend themselves." - Canadian Review of Materials

"The cut paper collages are filled with texture and color, and nicely detailed to inspire curious young naturalists to head out and look more closely at plants." - Archimedes Notebook

"There is much to learn here, and it is presented in a way that will keep readers moving forward... The book's design is exemplary, and the collage artwork is remarkable." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Plants from around the world are depicted with clever cut paper collage, looking both realistic and arrestingly artistic. Playful language and section headings make the informative text fun to read. With a table of contents, an index, sources and a glossary, this is a winning middle grade source for readers." - Youth Services Book Review

"Ideal for general science and biology classrooms everywhere... Full of interesting content as well as gorgeous and intriguing illustrations... a treasure trove of wonder." - Seattle Book Review

"This book is sure to captivate the imaginations of children and could easily be tied into the curriculum for ages 7 to 10." - Green Teacher

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