It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles
  

It Starts with a Seed

Written by Laura Knowles
Illustrated by Jennie Webber

5+ readers   All Shortlists and Winners   Fascinating Facts   7+ readers   UKLA 2018   

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Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

The life cycle of a tree is beautifully described in this outstanding book. A narrative poem alongside exquisite illustrations describes all the different stages, from the moment a sycamore seed falls onto the earth, to its growth from seedling to sapling to mature tree distributing its own seeds. It shows too the changing seasons, and through words and pictures children will discover how the tree supports insects, birds and animals, who all make a life ‘in their leaf-laden, bark-bound arboreal home’. It’s full of information yet retains a sense of wonder: ‘how can something so small turn into a tree which is such an incredibly BIG thing to be’. This is a book for readers of all ages, one to keep and return to again and again. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles

In gentle rhyme, It Starts with a Seed evocatively explores the growth of a tiny sycamore seed. Taking a journey through the seasons and years, we follow the seed as it transforms from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by well-loved woodland creatures - squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls - who make it their home.

Beautiful and evocative, It Starts with a Seed is a factual story that will touch children with its simple but enchanting message of life and growth. beautifully presented, It Starts with a Seed has a gold indented front cover, gatefolds, textured paper and specialised etching technique, hand made by the illustrator throughout.

Read an interview with Jennie Webber, focusing on the drawing classes she runs where participants draw live wildlife.

Reviews

‘‘Lyrical non-fiction showcasing the life cycle of a tree in gentle rhyme and finely etched artwork.’’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

About the Author

Laura Knowles

Laura Knowles has a background in children’s publishing and is the author of It Starts with a Seed, also published by words & pictures. Her love of natural history, words and art has drawn her to work on books about animals and nature.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Laura Knowles
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Publisher

words & pictures an imprint of Aurum Press Ltd

Publication date

21st September 2016

ISBN

9781910277171

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