Plant the Tiny Seed

illus. by Christie Matheson. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Jan. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780062393395.
PreS-Gr 1—Matheson's latest interactive picture book follows zinnias from seed to flower. The author asks listeners to press, count, clap, and tap to summon sun and rain, which help the seedlings grow. Small garden animals, including a worm, bees, a snail, and hummingbirds, appear as the three flowers bud and bloom. Observant viewers can spot a ladybug on each spread. White backgrounds and minimal text make this a strong option for sharing with groups as well as with individuals, although some patches of uneven rhythm and rhyme might cause read-aloud stumbles without practice. Instructions for growing zinnias will encourage additional reader participation.
VERDICT Sure to engage listeners by calling for their active responses, this is a top choice for collections serving the youngest readers and nature lovers.

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