A Seed is Sleepy (Aston, Long) – Book Recommendation

By , March 1, 2008 10:19 am

Spring is in the air which means that seeds of all kinds will soon be sprouting: flower seeds, tree seeds…weed seeds. (Big sigh.)

Now is a good time to teach your little ones a bit more about seeds. I can’t think of a more lovely book for this purpose, than A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long.

This book is packed with interesting facts about seeds. Each two page-spread presents a one sentence fact, followed by a short explanation. For example the first page says: “A seed is sleepy.” Followed by: “It lies there, tucked inside its flower, on its cone, or beneath the soil. Snug. Still.” The information is presented in a sweet, almost poetic way that makes it easily accessible and enjoyable for a variety of ages.

What really makes this book truly wonderful though, are Sylvia Long’s amazing illustrations reminiscent of old, botanical prints. Her colorful paintings are incredibly rich and detailed. Ms. Long has a real eye for seeing and reproducing the beauty and wonder of even the simplest natural objects.


We love this book so much, that next on my wish list is Ms. Aston and Ms. Long’s other collaboration: An Egg Is Quiet

3 Responses to “A Seed is Sleepy (Aston, Long) – Book Recommendation”

  1. Claire says:

    I really like the look of that book. It certainly is the right time of year for it. We are saving our toilet roll inner tubes to use as biodegradable starter pots and hope to begin this years planting with some broad beans next week. I love the excitement that comes with growing things from seed. Much more excting than TV :-)

  2. Yarrow says:

    What a wonderful, refreshing blog! I am so glad that I found you, thanks to In These Hills, blog. This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I will definitely be back.

  3. TopazTook says:

    That looks beautiful; very much in the style of “Seed Leaf Flower Fruit” by Maryjo Koch.

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