May 2017: Weird and Wild Plants
Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11am. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science and nature-related myths and stories.
Celebritrees: Historic & Famous Trees of the World
The Post Office Tree! Moon Trees! The Tree that Owns Itself! The fourteen trees in this book have earned the title "Celebritrees" for their global fame and significance. Both in fact and in legend, these fascinating trees remind us not only how much pleasure trees bring, but what they can tell us about history. Once you learn about these remarkable "Celebritrees," you'll never think of trees in quite the same way.
(Advanced readers) (j) QK477 .H4 P74 2010
Whistling Thorn. Cowcher, Helen.
New York: Scholastic, c1993.
A look at evolution on the African savannah describes how the acacia bush, in danger of having its leaves ravaged by animals, began to produce thorns that protect it and create a beautiful sound when the wind blows.
Early readers. (j) QK495.L521 A25, A31, C838, 1993
Killer Plants and Other Green Gunk. Claybourne, Anna.
London: Franklin Watts, 2014.
Many plants are more disgusting and dreadful than they look. From powerful poisons to hideous smells, this book is full of yucky, painful and fascinating facts about plants.
Advanced readers. (j) QK50 .C53 2014
Cactus Soup. Kimmel, Eric A.
New York: Marshall Cavendish, c2004.
In this variation on Stone Soup, during the Mexican Revolution hungry soldiers charm the townspeople into helping make a soup from water and a cactus thorn.
(j) SB438.C12 K571 2004
Sophie's Squash. Miller, Pat Zietlow.
New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, c2013.
Sophie treasures her friendship with Bernice, who just so happens to be a butternut squash.
Early readers. (j) SB347 .M618 2013
The Curious Garden. . Brown, Peter.
New York: Little, Brown and Co., c2009.
Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.
Early readers. (j) SB453 .B821 2009
Dinosaur Tree. Henderson, Douglas.
New York: Bradbury Press, c1994.
This story explores the life cycle of a tree that sprouted 225 million years ago. Journey from the Triassic period to the present day in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park.
Advanced readers. (j) QK979.5 .Na6 H383 1994
Incredible Plants. Taylor, Barbara.
New York: DK, c1997.
Three-dimensional models reveal plants' innerworkings in detail with cross-sections and cutaways.
Advanced readers. (j) QK914 .T212 1997
Cactus Hotel. Guiberson, Brenda Z.
New York: Henry Holt, 1993, c1991.
Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers.
Early readers. (j) SB438.3.S14 G94 1991
Mrs. McGinty and the Bizarre Plant. Bishop, Gavin.
Auckland, N.Z.; New York: Oxford University Press, c1981.
Mrs. McGinty makes friends with her neighbors after she plants a giant cucumber in her garden. Rather, she thinks it's a cucumber at first!
Early readers. (j) QK31 .D2 M17 2009
Plants Bite Back! Platt, Richard.
New York: DK Pub., c1999.
Well-written and imaginatively illustrated introduction to stinging plants, poisonous plants, and carnivorous plants.
Advanced readers. (j) QK914 .P697 1999
Strange Plants. Cooper, Jason.
Vero Beach, Fla.: Rourke Enterprises, c1991.
An introduction to some unusual ways that plants have adapted to their environments.
Early readers. (j) QK914 .C786 1991
Tiger Lilies and Other Beastly Plants. Ring, Elizabeth.
New York: Walker & Co: 1996, c1984.
Describes several plants that remind us in some way of animals, including the foxglove, pussy willow, skunk cabbage, and snapdragon.
Advanced readers. (j) QK96 .R472 1996
The Zoo Garden: 40 Animal-named Plants Kids Can Grow Themselves. Hastings, Chris.
Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press, 1997.
Forty animal-like plants are described with growing information, hardiness zones, and descriptions of their animal-like qualities.
Advanced readers. (j) QK96 .H279 1997