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I bought this for my 15 month old son but sadly he isn’t that interested. I am hoping he will like it more as he starts to learn his colours. As an adult I find it beautiful, I love the bold and simple illustrations and I like that there are names of plants, illustrations seem a bit abstract for a toddler though, he didn’t seem to recognise the flowers we see outside with those in the book even though he knows some of the names. It’s a lovely explanation of growing through the seasons. I think it’s a delightful little book but my son doesn’t feel the same - perhaps I misjudged this for his age but it’s just not captured his interest. Just to note this is American with lots of American spellings. Doesn’t bother me as my boy it too young, but mentioning it in case it is important to others.
It’s taken a few weeks for my 21 month old son to get into this book but now it is a firm favourite and is often grabbed off his book shelf to be read multiple times.
Don’t expect an amazing story, it’s a much more factual description about picking bulbs, seed packets and bulbs, planting them in autumn and spring and how they grow into various beautiful flowers by summer. The book has tab like pages for all the flowers grown, separated and ordered into the colours of the rainbow (a bit like the hungry caterpillar book).
It’s a really beautiful book and my son has loved the vibrancy of the pages. I got the book for two reasons: 1) he was struggling with colours (names and matching) 2) I’m an avid gardener myself and I hope it will help him to be interested in it when I can potter about later this year. The book has plenty of longevity because it actually depicts real plants and has their names next to them: ferns, poppy, daffodil etc
It has bought his colour knowledge forward massively: he can say green and blue now and can match primary colours easily. So the book in my eyes, is well worth the money I paid.
If you are into the Montessori method, this book fells well into that style of teaching. Just a note for anyone in the UK, it’s an American book so autumn is referred to as ‘fall’. I just adjust this while reading it to him, I don’t think it’s a big issue.
The stylised illustrations are very nice, and the story is great to explain about planting seeds and buying seedlings throughout the year to grow a garden - but I thought the labelling font used for the plants throughout was not in keeping with the other font style used in the story. This let it down slightly.
Lovely board book, which my son adores. Great aid in learning colours and seasons and the cycle of nature across 4 seasons. The only thing to point out is that it's got some American words ex. fall for Autumn, so I need to remember to change it every time. Apart of this is lovely and I has some smaller pages inside with pictures of flowers in different colours, which makes it very interactive.