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Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell

Source: Holiday House
Hardcover, 29 pgs
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Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell includes adorable illustrations of vegetables, fruits, plants, and children to demonstrate the importance of plants in feeding humans.  The book provides the basics of plants and their growth cycle for young children to easily understand, including the need for sunlight and nutrients in the earth.  Children are smiling as they dig holes, plant seeds, water plants, and begin harvesting food.  My daughter and I have read this book several times and each time she tells me something new.  She’ll point to something we’ve talked about in previous readings even before I read it to her.  She is recognizing carrots, lettuce, beets, potatoes, and more.

The author talks about the different parts of edible plants and she labels each vegetable and fruit depicted.  Fruits grow on trees and in bushes, vegetables can grow in the ground and above the ground, and some plants that many think are vegetables are actually fruits.  The pictures are well drawn and easy to understand.  Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell is a great story for young readers to share with their parents, helping them understand the natural wonders and where food comes from.

About the Author:

Lizzy Rockwell is an illustrator whose artwork can be seen in picture books, magazines, games and on walls. She studied art and art history at Connecticut College, and drawing and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Lizzy is the illustrator of over 25 children’s books by a variety of authors including her mother, Anne Rockwell. She is the author/illustrator of Plants Feed MeGood Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition, Hello Baby! and The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness.

Lizzy has two grown sons, and lives and works in Bridgeport, CT with her husband, Ken Alcorn, a high school social studies teacher, and their dog Reggie.

79th book for 2014 New Author Reading Challenge.

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    Sounds like a good book to share, especially now that you’re into gardening.

    • Yes, and she really likes helping in the garden. She’s already said she wants to plant carrots and some other veggies next year.

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    Gardens are so good for kids. This book sounds terrific!

    • my daughter loved the garden we planted and harvested this year. She checked it nearly every day with me. Making sure that the flowers were turning into fruit and veggies. It was great to see, and when we read this book, she said, “Hey mommy, we had those in our garden.”