Reading level: Beginning/Easy Reader (Ages 4-8)
Summary: Describes and illustrates the life cycle of blueberries and other berries using appropriate first-grade vocabulary. Introduces concepts of pollination and dormancy.
Illustrations: Color photographs
Comments: The formatting is perfect for the age group. The photographs are clearly labeled and laid out well. This is a great series of books for this age group.
- Make a fruit salad with blueberries and/or blueberry muffins for a snack
- Blend some blueberries in a blender to use as a pH indicator. The juice will turn red in presence of strong acids, like lemon juice or vinegar. Steve Spangler has more specific instructions.
- Any leftover blueberry sauce can be used as paint. Draw a picture with crayon and use the blueberry “paint” as a wash, for a resist painting.
- The Blueberry Council has information and activities for kids and teachers. Click on the images in the footer.
Compatible fiction: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
(Scholastic has a math lesson plan)
Publisher: Capstone Press; Pebble Books (January 2, 2011)