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The Grass Patch Project
This title covers these subjects: Plants., Grasses., Lawns.
The Grass Patch Project
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The Grass Patch Project

by Molly Blaisdell
Illustrated by James Demski

Jason’s class agrees that his Grass Patch Project is the best idea for the school’s Earth Day contest. They get to work sowing the grass seeds in a patch of dirt near the school. But some classmates start to doubt Jason’s big idea when the grass doesn’t appear. Will blades of grass ever shoot through the soil?

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level550L
ATOS Level3.1
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #116662
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Marilyn Courtot

"The teacher has challenged her students to come up with a project for Earth Day. Jason, who recently started attending Sunrise Elementary, is a little unhappy because there is no grass around the school. He proposes that the kids plant grass to make the school yard more attractive. The students have other suggestions, but his garners the most votes. It is hard work, and it takes a few weeks for the grass to grow. Readers follow the students’ activities while inset fact boxes provide more information about plants and their importance as well as specifics about grasses. Does the class win the prize? Will Jason make new friends? Read the story and then stretch yourself a bit more by trying out the activities at the end of the text. There is also a glossary and time line showing the life cycle of grass. The cartoon style illustrations are well matched with the text. The books in the “learn more” section are quite up-to-date, and FactHound is available to help kids find sites on the Internet. This is a Green Level book in the “Science Read It Readers” series, which presents more complex ideas, extended vocabulary, and language structure." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Science Books & Films - Connie S. Bozarth

"These four books are part of the Read-it! Reader Science series of books and are designed to encourage the cultivation of problem-solving skills in midlevel elementary-school-age readers. All four books are written around some aspect of plant cultivation, which is integral to solving a problem in each book. For instance in The Grass Patch Project, a new student in class proposes to beautify the school grounds by planting a patch of grass for an Earth Day project, and in Friends and Flowers, a young girl who has just moved to town is told that she will have a new friend by the time a tulip, which she planted, has flowered. The text surrounding these issues then focuses on aspects of cultivation of the featured plant. The scientific content of the books is good for this level of reader. Although most of each book is written as dialogue, there are sidebars describing in more detail, for example, just what compost is. Each book contains a short glossary at the end, as well as an activity related to the book. Taken together, the four books show a nice cross section of urban and rural society, with different ages, sexes, and ethnicities represented. I recommend this series highly, particularily in an elementary setting in which environmental or gardening activities are part of the curriculum." - Science Books & Films

January 1, 2008



Science Books & Films

Selected by Science Books & Films as a "Best Books for Children 2008" title

January 1, 2009

Molly Blaisdell

Molly Blaisdell

Molly Blaisdell has an insatiable curiosity that leads to lots of questions. Her favorite one is "Why"? Honestly, she feels the best children’s books are really for everyone. She loves to spin out stories and is the author of 29 children’s books, with nine Picture Window Books titles. Molly inspires writers with her weekly blog, Seize the Day. She likes to laugh out loud until she has to take something for the headache. She enjoys yoga, art, reading books and fruit smoothies. Molly grew up in Texas, is the mom of four wonderful children, and currently lives in the wilds of Woodinville, Washington, with her husband, Tim.

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