STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

Because of an Acorn

because-of-acorn-1Because of an Acorn

by Lola Schaefer and Adam Schaefer; illus. by Frann Preston-Gannon

36 pages; ages 3-6

Chronicle Books, 2016

I love the simplicity of this book:

Because of an acorn, a tree.

Because of a tree, a bird.

 

I love the ecological layers in this book: food, shelter, seed, transport. Everything – everything – is connected.

I love the illustrations. Simple, soft, just enough detail. And cumulative. Plus there are some interesting die-cuts where the shape created the image on one page, but the coloring is from something different on the next.

because-of-acorn-3See what I mean? Seedling and grass roots and soil particles… how cool is that!

I love the back matter. That’s where you can learn more about the white oak tree – a “foundation species”, and what an ecosystem is, and what role saplings play in the food chain. That’s where you get the nitty-gritty details about forest inhabitants and why we need forests.

And that’s where you’ll find four things you can do to help forests.

By this time in November, most of our acorns are gone – eaten by turkeys or buried by squirrels. But I know that I’ll find tiny oak sprouts in the spring… in my gardens and in the middle of the yard. And there’s always plenty of acorn caps to use for art projects.

 

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and environmental issues for children and their families.

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