• Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 4-7)
• Genre: Fiction Picture Book
• Author: Joseph Anthony
• Illustrator: Chris Arbo
• Publisher: Dawn Publishing
• Publication Date: September 1, 2014
• Binding: Paperback
• Dimensions: 9″ x 11″
• Printing: Full Color
• Length: 32 Pages
• Retail: $8.95
• ISBN: 978-1584694977
For the Nature Lover in All of Us
Here in the tropics of South Florida, winter is the time for gardening. As I’m getting ready to plant my organic tomato seeds, this is the perfect opportunity to read about the plight of a single seed finding its way out there in the great big world. (Check out my Organic Tomato Stop Motion Video).
© Copyright by Debbie Glade – Photo of my heirloom organic tomatoes
A Long and Lonely Voyage
The Dandelion Seed’s Big Dream is a story about a seed that blows in the wind, from place to place, wanting so desperately to find a spot in which it can sprout and grow into a dandelion. It gets stuck in a spider web, floats through the air all over town and even gets trapped inside a styrofoam takeout container for many seasons until it finally breaks free and gets planted.
This book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, and the artwork of Cris Arbo is incredibly impressive. She does not use a computer for her illustrations, rather she creates all of them by hand using paints and pencils. The detail is astounding. At first I thought the illustrations were created from photographs that were painted – that’s how realistic these pictures really are.
What This Book Teaches
Children are fascinated by nature, and along with their innate curiosity are endless questions about why things are the way they are. The Dandelion Seed’s Big Dream shows them what they’ve been wondering all along. How do seeds get planted in nature? In addition to the story of the lonely dandelion, in the back of the book is a two-page spread with information about the science of dandelions, what the different parts of the plant are called, where and how they grow, their uses and whether or not they’re weeds. There are even suggestions about how to go out in the field with your child and learn more about seed dispersal and the life cycle of the dandelion. There’s an environmental theme here too.
In addition to the science theme of the book, young readers may see a parallel story with their own lives. The dandelion waits patiently and perseveres, never giving up until it reaches its goal. There are factors out of its control, yet still it eventually realizes its dream.
Why You’ll Love This Book
Author Joseph Anthony writes the story of the dandelion in almost a poetic way, with appropriately, simple language even the youngest readers can understand. You love the fact that this book is not copy heavy, rather it flows along in perfect harmony with the exceptional illustrations. Your child will thoroughly enjoy studying each picture to see all the detail and discover where the seed is hiding. If this weren’t enough, check out the affordable price of this paperback book. What a fabulous addition to your home or school library this would make!
Dawn books all focus on nature and get kids interested in plant and animal biology as well as ecology from an early age. I’ve said this many times in my reviews, but it’s worth repeating. . . Books like these that are an integral part of encouraging children to one day study to become scientists – and the world desperately needs more of these! My home has always been full of books about nature, and I’m happy to tell you that my only child has just started grad school to pursue a PhD in Geomorphology (a branch of geology that combines the earth with physics, studying the movement of rocks and sediment in rivers and glaciers). She’ll tell you herself that being surrounded by nature books and then going outside to explore is what got her hooked on becoming a scientist.
About the Author
Joseph Anthony was born the tenth of eleven children. His family loved the mountains, so exploring with his brothers and sisters nurtured an innate love for adventure and an appreciation for the natural world. He traveled with the Navy as a trumpet player, worked in a natural food store, as a Corrections Officer, a massage therapist, and a construction supervisor, experiences that have all served to deepen his self-understanding and perspective on the human condition. Joseph’s cosmological work, “Our Multi-Tiered Universe,” grew out of a desire to help move the planet to a clean energy future. Joseph and wife Cris live in Virginia. Together they have created three wonderful children’s books together for Dawn Publications
About the Illustrator
Cris Arbo’s art is known for intense detail and is inspired by her love and respect for nature. It has appeared in books, magazines, calendars, cards, murals, animated feature films, TV shows, and commercials. Also a gifted vocalist, she has performed with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic Choirs. She has illustrated seven nature awareness children’s books for Dawn Publications and is also a frequent presenter at schools and conferences.
- Download the activities that go with this book from the publisher.
- Plant a garden with your child.
- 3. Learn more about how seeds are planted in nature.
Be sure to read this Dawn Publications title by this husband and wife team: