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A Seed Is Sleepy

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,721 ratings  ·  218 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. ...more
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  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) by: Kathryn
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 Nake ...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. ...more
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. ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dianna Hutts Aston, teams up again with Sylvia Long to produce another beautiful informative picture book!
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.
Alicia Klepeis
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction-pb
What an incredible book! Beautiful, poetic text and stunning illustrations. I learned so much about the different aspects of a seed’s existence— from how the seed sprouts to all the sizes they come in. Terrific resource for readers young and old.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These are great books.
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.
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: ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The illustrations are intricate, gorgeous, and educational. I know I would have liked this as a kid...although adults can learn something as well!
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
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 se ...more
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 unit ...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.
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Sweet, adorable, informative - I just loved it.
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 cy
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 a
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ap2-plants
Overall, I would give this 5 stars for information and illustrations presented in an accessible, direct way… and take off a bit for interesting formatting choices (rounding up to 5, but I'd say 4.5). It is consistent, which I appreciate--I’ll get into that in a few weeks when we talk about Thus Spoke the Plant--but unless you’ve seen someone read the text previously, it can be a bit tricky to know which parts to read in what order.

For children aged 5-8, or Kindergarten reading level, designated
"A Seed Is Sleepy," a beautiful book by artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston, gives children a beautiful and educational look at the intricate, nuanced, and often surprising world of seeds. The book introduces children to a fascinating collection of seeds and plant information in a poetic voice and beautiful design, making it ideal reading material for home or in the classroom. This book appealed to me for a number of reasons: it introduced seeds in an approachable manner for childre ...more
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, p ...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' be
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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 P ...more

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