Thursday, April 18, 2019

Caterpillar and Bean

Caterpillar and Bean: A First Science Storybook. Martin Jenkins. Illustrated by Hannah Tolson. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence:  What's that wedged in a crack in the ground, small and hard and purple-brown? A bean seed. Now here comes the rain splashing down, running into the crack in the ground. The seed has swollen, and its skin has split. There's something white poking out: a root.

Premise/plot: Could this picture book be about caterpillars becoming butterflies and bean seeds becoming bean plants?! Sometimes what you see is exactly what you get.

My thoughts: I think I would like this one better if it was described as a "first science book" instead of a "first science storybook." While this one abounds with facts on every page, it does not abound in story. Facts are good things. There's nothing wrong with a solid informational picture book. I do like the text and illustrations.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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