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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.
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.
‘‘Lyrical non-fiction showcasing the life cycle of a tree in gentle rhyme and finely etched artwork.’’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
|Publication date:||21st September 2016|
|Publisher:||words & pictures an imprint of Aurum Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners, UKLA 2018|
Coming from a background in children’s publishing, Laura Knowles’s long-standing love of natural history, words and art has led her to work on books about animals and nature. Her first book, It Starts with a Seed, came about after she attended an art class drawing live animals, taught by the illustrator Jennie Webber. When she isn’t writing and editing, Laura spends her time creating her own artwork and exploring museums in search of inspiration. She lives in London with her two elderly goldfish. Follow Laura Knowles on Instagram here.More About Laura Knowles