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Children's Nonfiction Botany


by (author) Ontario Science Centre

illustrated by Ray Boudreau

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1998
Botany, Experiments & Projects
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1998
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1994
    List Price

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it

Out of print

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Why do potatoes have eyes? Can a garden grow without dirt? What's that blue stuff that grows on bread? Children ask a lot of questions about the world and what it's made of.

Plants contains 13 carefully chosen experiments from the Ontario Science Centre. With minimal supervision, children explore how plants grow and why they need water, sunlight and soil. The Starting with Science series combines easy-to-do experiments with easy-to-understand explanations.

About the authors

Ontario Science Centre's profile page

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Owls, Snakes, Move It! and Touch It! She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

Ray Boudreau's profile page


  • Winner, Parents' Choice Approved
  • Winner, Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award

Editorial Reviews

The organization and presentation in these publications is unique and excellent. The bright color photographs that feature boys and girls from diverse ethnic groups communicate the intrinsic rewards of scientific discovery and inquiry ... These books are excellent activity resources, and I recommend them for school or home use.

Science Books and Films

(Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) offer simple science activities in an appealing format.


Until now, there haven't been many good books of experiments for young children that deal with basic scientific principles and include projects that are not only fun, but easy to understand and replicate. Kids Can Press has answered the call with (Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) ... For a classroom, a child's party or simply a curious budding scientist, Starting with Science is a series that will provide just the needed direction for hours of enjoyable learning.


Using primary background colors and attractive, enthusiastic children as models, the format of this series is spacious and packs visual punch.

School Library Journal

Starting with Science: Plants is a rare find because it combines the pleasures of experimentation for young scientists with the expansion of a student's knowledge in a straightforward, informative way. It is n outstanding book for the home or school library.

Science and Children

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