#Nonfiction Monday #kidlit Bloom Boom! by April Pulley Sayre

For Nonfiction Monday, we have the beautiful picture book by April Pulley Sayre, Bloom Boom!

As with some of her earlier books, April Pulley Sayre combines her gorgeous nature photographs with sparse, lyrical text.

From woodlands to gardens —
ready, set, go!
Nature is preparing
a flower show…

On the cover is a photograph of brilliantly-colored poppies, which sets the tone for what is to come inside.  Every spread is filled with vibrant color, either in sprawling landscapes or detailed close ups of flowers and growing plants.

California poppies

With only a few words on each page, Sayre manages to introduce children to botanical terms and concepts. She also uses alliteration and repetition to keep young readers interested. Besides learning about plants, the book is also a great way for little ones to learn about color (see activity below).

After you’ve gasped at the final spread, don’t forget to check out the back matter. In “The Bloom Boom” section, Sayre explains how to find areas where masses of flowers bloom all at once. In “A Bit More About Blooms” you can find thumbnails of each spread with accompanying details about the flowers in each.

Bloom Boom! is a visual feast, sure to enthrall young nature lovers.  Explore a copy today!

Activity Suggestion:

Color Picker:

Gather paint sample cards with a variety of hues and shades (from home supply stores or friends who recently decorated). Challenge children to find colors that match the samples in the book.

To extend the activity, go on a nature hike or visit a botanical garden when flowers are in bloom. See if the children can find matching colors in the plants around them.

Bring along a field guide or plant identification app to learn more about what you discover.

Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (February 5, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1481494724
ISBN-13: 978-1481494724

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Here Come the Humpbacks

Have you seen the latest nonfiction picture book by April Pulley Sayre, Here Come the Humpbacks, illustrated by Jamie Hogan, coming out this week? The story starts with mother humpback whale giving birth to a baby in the balmy waters of the Caribbean Sea. When the calf is old enough, they migrate north to the New England coast so the mother can get food, and then back to the Caribbean. Along their migration route the whales encounter many dangers, both natural and human made. 

In what might become a trend, the book is laid out with the primary narrative lyrically told on the left page of a two-page spread, and more traditional expository nonfiction text in sidebars (italicized) on the right page, filling in the details and defining the vocabulary. It is like two books woven together, which gives so many options for reading.

The pastel illustrations on textured paper are an absolutely perfect accompaniment. Some of the pages are drenched in underwater darkness, others shimmer with light and action.

Seems like a lot more attention has been paid to the humpback whales in the Pacific that migrate from Hawaii to Alaska. Sayre’s focus on the movement of Atlantic whales brings them closer to home for folks on the East Coast and increases the readers awareness that whales occur worldwide.

Here Come the Humpbacks would be a wonderful choice for a trip to the beach, to an aquarium and best of all, for a warm-up to a whale-watching tour. It will be perfect for units on marine mammals, as well.

Check out Growing With Science for related whale science activities and links.

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (February 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580894062
ISBN-13: 978-1580894067

Book provided by publisher for review purposes.


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