This new informational picture book from Gail Gibbons provides a good basic introduction to the study of flowering plants. With a lack of detailed botanical references, Gibbons delivers her information through limited text and illustrations that are colourful, botanically accurate and labelled to illustrate the concept. Gibbons covers different climates and how they impact flowers, flowers from seeds, bulbs, vines, bushes or trees; meadow, woodland desert and wetland flowers. Without exploring complex topics (e.g. photosynthesis) Gibbons explains the basic ingredients for plant growth, types and parts of flowers, the basics of pollination and seed dispersal. The text and pictures follow the flowers of a garden through the seasons. Gibbon’s colourful, detailed, and captioned illustrations with their whimsical characters will capture the attention and imagination of young readers. They will find plenty to engage their visual looking and learning in these busy, energetic watercolour and colour-pencil illustrations.
In the early years, this non-fiction, narrative style text would be excellent for introducing the concepts of gardening, and growing plants. It could also be useful for older ELL students studying the Grade 4 Science unit on Plants.