It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles

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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


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.

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‘‘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 has degrees in Publishing and Classical Studies. Her love of natural history, words and art have drawn her to work on books about animals and nature.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


Laura Knowles
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words & pictures an imprint of Aurum Press Ltd

Publication date

21st September 2016




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