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The Sunflower Farmer
This title covers these subjects: Plants -- Growth., Sunflowers., Flower gardening.
The Sunflower Farmer
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The Sunflower Farmer

Troy’s dream is to be a farmer like his grandfather, so his mother helps him plant sunflower seeds in their backyard. When the sprouts form buds and are ready to bloom, disaster strikes! Will the sunflowers survive and bloom, or will Troy watch his flowers wilt?

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level530L
ATOS Level3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #116665
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



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 31, 2008

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Della A. Yannuzzi

"The Sunflower Farmer is a beginner reader about a boy who wants to be a farmer like his grandfather. He is determined to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. He visits the older man every week and listens to stories about his grandfather’s farm days. Troy finds out weather can help or damage crops. Although Troy’s grandfather doesn’t farm anymore, he still owns farmland. One day, Troy’s mother takes him to visit the farm. Troy admires the sunflowers and wants to grow some in his backyard, so he gathers seeds from the flowers to take home. In the spring, Troy plants the seeds in a garden he has prepared. Then he waits and waits for the seeds to grow into flowers. But it takes a long time, and when Troy tells his grandfather, the response is that farming takes patience. The plants begin to grow, then are threatened by the weather. Will they ever bloom? Colorful illustrations, short sidebars, directions on how to grow sunflowers, a glossary, further reading, and website are included. The author has told a story of family relationships, while educating readers about life science, weather, and sunflowers." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

June 1, 2008


School Library Journal - Kelly Roth

"Mike and two friends set themselves the goal of collecting 29 books for a donation drive in order to help their class win a pizza party. As they work on their project, they subtract the number of titles they have so far from the number they need. The math problems appear in numerals, in boxes, and an additional subtraction activity is included in the back matter. The colorful, average-quality illustrations depict an enthusiastic cast. In Farmer, Troy grows sunflowers, with his mother as guide. Fact boxes with additional information appear throughout. A time line of the life cycle of the plant and directions for growing the flowers are included. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and descriptive, although the cartoon characters have exaggerated facial features. Both titles have tips for adults on sharing content-focused books with children and should be useful additions to beginning-reader collections." - School Library Journal

February 1, 2008


Science Books & Films

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

February 1, 2009

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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