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Children's Nonfiction Flowers & Plants

Nature All Around: Plants

by (author) Pamela Hickman

illustrated by Carolyn Gavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Flowers & Plants, Environmental Conservation & Protection, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


Balancing child-friendly facts with colorful illustrations, this perfect introduction to plants is sure to inspire the budding naturalist in every child.

From crowded cities to open prairies, deserts to wetlands, plants grow everywhere! This comprehensive introduction will open children's eyes to the plants that surround them every day and how important they are to life on our planet. It covers the basics of plants, such as their parts, life cycles and growing zones. Then it takes readers on a season-by-season tour of what a plant-watcher can expect to discover throughout the year. There are sections on strange plants and those that are endangered, and how readers can help. And for hands-on experience, there's an interactive Q&A for learning how to identify plants, and an activity for growing your own plants.

With the perfect balance of child-friendly facts and colorful illustrations, this book encourages children to actively engage with the natural world. Bestselling and award-winning author Pamela Hickman covers all the essential science about plants --- including photosynthesis and pollination --- in clear and easy-to-digest text. And Carolyn Gavin's colorful illustrations bring it all to life, with accurate and inviting representations of the information. This book has strong curriculum applications for life science and earth science lessons in grades two through five, particularly for the characteristics of living things. Rounding out its usefulness are a full-spread growing zone map, an index and a glossary.

About the authors

PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She co-authored the first book in this series, Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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CAROLYN GAVIN est peintre, illustratrice et graphiste. Ses illustrations vivantes et colorées reflètent son amour de la nature et des voyages. On les retrouve dans des livres et des magazines et même imprimées sur des tissus. Originaire d’Afrique du Sud, elle habite maintenant à Toronto, en Ontario.


CAROLYN GAVIN is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer whose work has appeared in print, as well as on fabric and housewares. Her vibrant, colourful illustrations are inspired by nature, travel, and exotic colour and pattern. Originally from South Africa, she now makes her home in Toronto.


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Editorial Reviews

An attractive science book.


... an all-around solid and worthwhile book ...

CM Magazine

Another charming entry in a delightful natural-science series.

Kirkus Reviews

This brief introduction to the world of plants is a serviceable primer.

School Library Journal

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