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Book reviews from 4—7 years: Growing

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By Helen BarnesYear 2 teacher and former guest editor

Helen Barnes and children at Edenham C of E Primary School review a selection of books that will really ‘grow’ on you!

Growing Things

Growing Things by Carolyn Scrace (Circle of Life series, Franklin Watts, ISBN 9780749644277)

Bright and bold illustrations full of detail make this a book to be pored over again and again. The time lapse progression as we turn the pages takes children through every stage of a bean plant’s life, and would link perfectly with a class project on growing plants.

The book has all the features of a non-fiction genre, with contents page, index, headings, labels and captions. The text is simple but very informative, and the print size is ideal for early readers. The split pages are an added fascination and are great for class discussion. And since the whole ‘story’ is presented from the seed’s ‘eye view’ (we are given just a glimpse of the hands and feet of the person responsible for starting the seed’s journey), there is huge potential for creative writing. My class loved it!

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