How a Plant Grows


32 pages
Contains Photos, Index
ISBN 0-86505-728-1
DDC j581.3




Illustrations by Barbara Bedell
Reviewed by Ray Doiron

Ray Doiron is an assistant professor of education specializing in
children’s literature at the University of Prince Edward Island.


This latest volume in the Crabapple series explores the various ways
plants grow and reproduce. Using the familiar style and format that
Bobbie Kalman has adopted in dozens of other similar information titles,
the book covers such topics as the life cycle of plants, how plants make
seeds, and why plants are so important to life on Earth.

Each of the book’s 13 topics is treated on a two-page spread that
features a simple text and excellent photographs. Further detail is
supplied by color illustrations. The book concludes with several
activities, a glossary, and an index.

How a Plant Grows would be an interesting choice for young children who
require a basic introduction to plants. Primary teachers may find the
book useful for explaining concepts related to plant growth, while
budding scientists will enjoy the book as part of their independent
reading. Recommended.


Kalman, Bobbie., “How a Plant Grows,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 27, 2024,