Book Review: Weeds Find A Way
Weeds Find a Way is a different kind of nature book for kids ages 4-8. You might wonder why I am writing a review of a kids’ book, as it has been many years since I’ve had kids in the house.
Well, for one thing, I was offered a copy. But for another, reading aloud was an important part of the day when my kids were little, up until the time each of them turned around 12, at which point they got distinctly squirmy. And I think I often enjoyed the books we read as much as they did.
In terms of books about the natural world, I remember reading aloud about whales, wolves, lizards, bats, and dinosaurs – LOTS of dinosaurs. We had two boys, you see.
What I like about Weeds Find a Way is that it engages children about a part of the natural world they have direct contact with on a daily basis. Namely, weeds. Growing up in an urban or suburban space, few kids are going to see a wolf – but they are almost certain to see, and be intrigued by, a dandelion. Plus you can pick dandelions and other weeds and no one will yell at you.
The text, by Cindy Jensen-Elliot, talks about the adaptations that make weeds what they are. The writing is accessible to the target age group, but engaging and informative. There is also a section that would enable a parent to talk to children about weeds they may have seen together, either on a hike or playing on the lawn.
The illustrations, by Carolyn Fisher, are colorful, energetic, and absorbing.