Planting Seeds

Since the only thing I could ever teach my son to grow is a Chia Pet, I thought this might be worth checking out.    

*Nancy Elizabeth Wallace picks a topic that has a beginning, middle, and an end and divides it into ten logical steps -- great concept for a numbers book 
*Promotes a positive family dynamic by visually demonstrating the power of everyone contributing (although I am a little worried that there might be some polygamy going on here since there's only one daddy rabbit and what appears to be two adult female rabbits living in the bunny house)
*It will never hurt for the next generation to learn as early as possible where a large portion of our diet comes from

*Maybe would have liked to seen a final page showing the cyclical nature of the process, instead of ending it at the dinner table 
*Talks about pulling weeds but glosses over the whole pest issue
*Not quite sure I understand why a book is laying in the field with the bunnies during their sunshine greeting

I'll tell you why I like this story.  It actually teaches children a life-sustaining skill.  Today's parents are predisposed to exposing kids to all of the alphabet and colors books they can get your hands on -- basically anything that can help them function in society.  Still, at the end of the day none of those things will be worth a whole lot if your family gets stuck off the grid for months at a time.  I'm not saying to give up the other things, just pointing out how it might be worth the $8 to get your toddler up to speed on the food-growing process.  [
Ideally parents will follow up with a demonstration of the process in the real world, even if it's in a pot or greenhouse.]  Throw in the simple one to ten counting exercise in here and we're looking at a bumper crop!

BUY / Borrow / Donate / Destroy

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