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A Seed Is Sleepy

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,491 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Chronicle Books
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long is a very simple and informative book on seeds. It contains beautiful and detailed illustrations of seeds. The story covers dormancy, travel, size, germination, and needs.

This is a wonderful simple read for young readers. It's poetic in form and a mix of print and cursive text.

Lisa Vegan
The illustrations are glorious. They’re also accurate and very educational. This is an outstanding science book about seeds and the plants that come from them. The text is convincing about just how amazing seeds are. At first I didn’t like the adjective headings, but I quickly changed my mind because the knowledge they provided is first rate. However impressive the information (and there are some really interesting facts here!) the illustrations are what make this book. I perused them for quite ...more
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Like its predecessor, An Egg Is Quiet the author/illustrator team make us realize that seeds are beautiful, fascinating and utterly worthy of our attention and appreciation. The front inside cover pages show many, many seeds ranging from the very small to the big--then the back inside cover pages show the plants that sprout from the seeds. Between those pages is a glorious exploration of many different types of seeds--seeds that float on air or water, seeds that are tiny as a freckle, seeds that ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Naturalists & Would-Be Botanists
Diana Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long - who also collaborated on An Egg Is Quiet - offer a pean to the seed in this lovely picture-book, which explores some of the many fascinating qualities of these plants-to-be. In the beginning, a seed is sleepy (and secretive), lying untouched and still, but soon it is fruitful and adventurous - spreading out and growing. Each two-page spread pairs a general (and rather poetic) statement about seeds, with some specific scientific information. "A Seed Is ...more
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I love books with science and knowledge, I think they are important in any library and for every age. I didn't like science in school, so I'm trying to educate myself in that department starting from scratch, and the illustrations are lovely.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice story with lovely artwork that teaches us all about different types of seeds in nature.

A nice book for children.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book with very beautiful illustrations and good content.I use it with my preK kids.They love the illustrations.
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Detailed and vibrant illustrations; exquisite text, both to look at and to read. And I learned of drift seeds!
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"A seed is clever. It knows to seek the push itself up, up, up through the soil. But it must wait awhile before that happens." Beautiful. Gorgeous illustrations.
Nick Swarbrick
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
A lovely book, full of interesting facts and connections and written, it seems to me, with a joy in the subject matter. With its strong images of seeds and shoots and flowers, this has something in common with Jackie Morris’ work in The Lost Words, but the more measured and scientific content makes this a different kind of read: a non-fiction text to intrigue and inform.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
Wonderful book -- great illustrations and text that is pretty spare but flows well and still communicates a lot about seeds. Full review here:
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A seed is clever. It knows to seek the sunlight...
to push itself up,up,up through the soil.
But it must wait awhile before that happens.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These are great books.
Leslie Reyes
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading and learning from this book! This is the perfect book to learn about the growth of plants during the spring. The book itself is filled with colorful ill and detailed information on seeds and how they grow. I think children would respond very well to this book just because of how informative it is.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one series that had my attention caught since of its descriptive title. Each book's title within the series gives the reader a chance to know what is being explored within the pages of the actual book while also providing the format of the book's writing, which is the "is ...".

Furthermore each book in the series can also be read in two different formats thus allowing the reading audience to be broadened out. If you have very young readers or those who cannot sit still long enough for a
Katelyn Kindt
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ-422
This book is so cool! In my district, our science curriculum teaches a unit about plants. I find that 2nd graders have a little bit of a hard time envisioning without a good visual of how a seed really works. We explore lima beans and all the parts of a seed that are found inside, but to have this text to accompany my lesson would make such a stronger impact on my students. I can completely see how some of them will reference the text after we read it when we are learning through out entire ...more
Ch_hayley Medsker
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
A Seed is Sleepy is a beautiful introduction to the world of seeds and plants by Dianna Aston. Each detailed page provides a characteristic of a seed, and explains a bit about their role and functions. "A seed is does not reveal itself too quickly. Most seeds sleep through a season or two," is one of the unique ways Aston relays facts about seeds. The layout is what seems to be most incredible. The words are almost poetic, water color illustrations are large and small, captions ...more
Jul 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Published: 2007
Genre/Form: Non-Fiction
Theme: Lifecycle of a seed
Summary: A book about different kind of seeds with examples, how they travel, where they come from and what it needs to grow.
Sarah McHugh
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This informational text explores the many different characteristics of a seed before it becomes a plant or flower. The book takes the reader through the process of what seeds look like, how big they are, how they find their spots to be planted, and their needs to just name a few. The illustrations by Sylvia Long paint such a beautiful picture in the reader's mind that you are able to visualize the different types of seeds that we have in the world.
I would read this book as part of plant life
Kailey Farris
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Nonfiction
Awards: None
Audience: 1st- 3rd Grade
A. The topic of this book is seeds as many different characteristics of seeds are discussed that allow children to learn more about a variety of seeds. The addition of facts and information makes this book nonfiction and it is a great resource for young children, especially those who are interested in seeds learning about and how plants grow.
B. The topic is presented in a child-friendly way as the book does not go into too many complex details
Jennifer Heise
From the author of "An Egg is Quiet" comes this picture-book examination of seeds, their properties and elements. Large format, beautifully detailed illustrations by Sylvia Long draw the reader/viewer in, though the cursive font used on many of the pages may be a struggle for some readers (especially upside down, if you're reading to a group). This book is best for one-on-one or small group contemplative viewing, with time to look at the labelled parts of the illustrations and compare the seeds ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Seed is Sleepy is a lovely books full of interesting facts about seeds and plants. Each pages gives a detailed explanation of a characteristic of a seed and it's function through using a poetic voice. The book takes the readers on a 'journey' of what a seed looks, how it choses its spots to be planted and how it grows into a plant.

I enjoyed reading this book because of its use of a poetic voice, which almost creates a story of the journey of a seed. This makes reading information about seeds
Shantel Floyd
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great nonfiction book for children. I read it to a group of children I was working with last year when I was doing a unit on the life cycle of plants and they enjoyed it immensely. The illustrations are wonderful: very colorful and bright. I was especially fond of the fact that the book included so many different picture references of seeds and I was pleasantly surprised at how much this drew the children in. It's a great informational resource as it's not a "plants need sun and water to grow, ...more
Les McFarlane
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book. Simple, informative, not text heavy but precise . This beaut covers the basics of seed dispersal, germination and growth. What makes it special is the exquisite artwork. It's stunning.
The endpapers show the seed at the front and the grown plant at the back. Each picture within the book is carefully and beautifully created. The cursive text make it feel as if you're browsing through someone's notebook. That, and some clever little turns-of-phrase; '...or tumble through a bear'
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
grades: 1st-4th grade

summary: a nonfiction picture book that illustrates both in picutures and writing the life cycle of most seeds. It contains familiar seed types such as sunflower, pumpkin, and corn as well as unfamiliar seed types like monkey's comb and hog plum.

review: this is a great introductory book to nonfiction texts. The illustrations support the life cycle of the seeds while also introducing new varieties of plants. The book also introduces new vocabulary and can function as an
Becky Sayler
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a beautifully illustrated and lyrically written non-fiction book that I love reading aloud to my kids. The 6 year old likes to read the smaller facts sprinkled throughout, and the 3 year old tracks with the pictures and overall story going on. This would be a great book to use to teach literary non-fiction/informational texts, alliteration, using adjectives, and crafting unexpected and unique descriptions. I also love the endpages - seeds for the front and their sprouted flowers at the ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series of books are a beautiful introduction into some of nature's fascinating transformations. Caterpillars into butterflies. Seeds into plants, trees and flowers. Eggs into birds, fish, bugs, and reptiles. Sand and lava into rocks. Fantastic illustrations by Sylvia Long. Sharing beauty in the small (sometimes tiny!) natural world. #kidsbooksworthreading #kidsbooks #kidsbook #kidlit #childrensliterature #kidsbookstagram #diannahuttsaston #sylvialong #abutterflyispatient #aseedissleepy ...more
So, I am not an outdoorsy person, and I could really care less about plants and seeds, but this book was cute, and the illustrations were amazing. I loved how the end papers at the beginning showed a bunch of different types of seeds and the end papers at the end showed what types of plants those seeds sprouted into.

This book was informative without being boring, and as I said, the pictures were phenomenal.
Sarah Beth
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Nonfiction
Awards: None
Audience: Ages 5-8
A. The story is about seeds.
B. The illustrations are bright and detailed. Text is easier to read because a lot of it is in decorative cursive.
C. The only text feature available is diagrams in the front and back pages of the different kinds of seeds labeled.
D. If a child is interested in trees or nature, this would be a great reading option. One may also use it in the context of a nutritional course or health science class.
This stunning picture book makes seeds the most interesting topic of your day. As a mentor text, it could be used to model writing, illustrations, or timelines. The artwork is museum worthy. while this is not a read aloud story, it can be used to get children of any age interested in seeds. It is a great supplement to our Science text book at school.
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Dianna Hutts Aston was born in Houston, Texas, attended the University of Houston, and worked as a journalist for several years. LOONY LITTLE is her first picture book with Candlewick Press. She says, "It was one of the hottest summer days on record. My mind, of its own accord, kept wandering northward, to a wilderness of snow and ice, the Arctic. While listening to the news one evening, I heard ...more