Wake, sleepy one California poppies and the super bloom

Lisa D. Kerr, 1980-

Book - 2022

"A lyrical journey following the California poppy flower's life cycle from seed to super bloom, with sidebar information plus more details on the flowers at the back of the book"--

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Children's Room j582.13/Kerr Checked In
Berkeley : West Margin Press [2022]
Main Author
Lisa D. Kerr, 1980- (author)
Other Authors
Lisa Powell Braun (illustrator)
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Ages 4-8
Grades K-1
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents unavailable.
Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2--A poppy seed becomes part of the super bloom in California. In short sentences, Kerr explains how a poppy grows and survives in the desert. When all the poppies bloom at once, it is known as a super bloom. It is a simple premise but packed with interesting information conveyed through whimsical writing. The descriptions almost anthropomorphize the flower. After statements such as "Poppy is awake" or "Poppy shivers," the narrator tenderly instructs the flower to "Wait, sleepy one" or "Fold, sleepy one." The use of recurring onomatopoeia should also engage young listeners or early readers. Chunks of text in smaller font at the bottom of the pages add historical or scientific background without breaking the flow of the story. The illustrations highlight the desert creatures, such as rattlesnakes, mice, and scorpions, who rejoice in the super bloom. Kids might be perplexed by the scale (how big is that ant facing the rattlesnake?), but will enjoy the full detailed spreads. There is a large amount of back matter, including a glossary, information about super blooms and how to protect them, a list of locations, and resources. VERDICT For young nature enthusiasts or browsers, this is ideal narrative nonfiction.--Elissa Cooper

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