The Golden Life of Sally Sunflower | Imani Ariana Grant | Children's Books by Black Authors | Lauren Simone Publishing
Imani and her friends visit a plant nursery. Imani meets a seedling named Sally, who takes her on an awesome adventure, where she learns about plant growth and reproduction.
Lexile Certified for Grade 3 (520-820)
Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite- FIVE STARS
The Golden Life of Sally Sunflower by Imani Ariana Grant takes readers along with Imani on a field trip to a plant nursery. They want to learn how plants grow and once they reach there everyone goes their separate ways. Imani hears a small voice down below and she sees Sally, a little seed, at her feet. Sally wants help and she asks Imani to put her in soil and make sure she has enough water and sunlight. Imani takes her home and Sally finds a perfect home in Imani's backyard. Every day Imani checks on Sally and Sally gives her information on how she has grown into a sprout. What type of plant will Sally turn out to be? Let us read the book to find out.
The story makes learning science interesting, and young readers discover how plants are grown, photosynthesis, chlorophyll, pollination, and pistils. The book is educational and informative, and the wonderful and bright illustrations by Simonne-Anais Clarke and Zachary-Michael Clarke bring the concept alive and make it easy for children to understand the process of growing plants, photosynthesis, reproduction, etc. The fun facts at the end of the book are helpful, the photosynthesis chart is interactive and useful, and the cycle of growing a plant makes the book engaging and entertaining to children. Learning about science and about plants can be challenging to young readers and this book helps them enjoy the process of planting a seed and watching it grow. Let us all try planting seeds in the backyard and watch them grow into plants.
I wish I had this story while teaching first and second grade. The information is easy to understand, and the illustrations are eye-catching. The bold font makes the words jump off the page, and the brightly colored vocabulary words match the words in the diagrams, making it easy for the reader to learn new words and make connections. Imani did a great job explaining the life cycle of a plant. Additionally, she encourages her readers to do a hands-on experiment with planting a seed and recording the data. Hands-on projects are a brilliant way to introduce young children to the scientific method. Imani knows how to reach her audience and keep them engaged. Her readers will love seeing Imani take a selfie with a plant. The Golden Life of Sally Sunflower will inspire children to learn more about plants and explore becoming scientists.