Synopses & Reviews
Weeds are wonderful! Persistent, exuberant…these plants have personalities, and this nonfiction picture book puts them on colorful display!
From bright yellow dandelions popping through cracks in sidewalks to purple loosestrife growing rampant along roadways, weeds offer unexpected splashes of color and life to the least likely of places. With lovely language and a sly sense of humor, this beautiful picture book celebrates the tenacious temperaments of these pesky plants and is sure to have little ones chanting, “Way to go, weeds!”
"'Good or bad, weeds offer endless opportunities to study one of nature's most wonderful tools: adaptation,' writes Jenson-Elliott in an afterword to this flowery (no pun intended) tribute to the tenacity and versatility of plants that are often overlooked and unwanted. Using mixed-media paintings and digitally collaged elements, Fisher (Good Night, World) presents up-close images of feathery seeds bursting from pods, 'like confetti from a popped balloon,' and squeezing their way out of cracks in the cement. A girl and her dog make their way through several scenes, adding a touch of fauna amid the flora. In one scene, the girl blows dandelion puffs into the wind; in another, a handful of 'prickly burrs' cling to her socks, both evidence of how weeds can propagate. In addition to her afterword, Jenson-Elliott concludes with three pages of details about two dozen types of weeds, from wild carrot (aka Queen Anne's lace) to toxic locoweed. The many intriguing details will leave readers with the understanding that these plants are fighters. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Stefanie von Borstel, Full Circle Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Carolyn Fisherandlt;/bandgt; is the author and illustrator of the acclaimedandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;The Snow Showandlt;/iandgt;,andnbsp;as well asandnbsp;several other books for young readers.andnbsp; She teaches illustration at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and she regularly tours the country talking to people about art and books.andnbsp;She lives with herandnbsp;husband and their young sonandnbsp;in Calgary, Canada.