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DANDELIONS by Mia Posada


Stars in the Grass

by Mia Posada

Pub Date: March 14th, 2000
ISBN: 1-57505-383-7
Publisher: Carolrhoda

An ode to the dandelion, the familiar yellow weed that invades lawns and meadows, to the despair of gardeners.

Here the author celebrates the weed in the rhyming text, calling it "a noble breed" and stating: "In spring, dandelions bloom like gold stars in the grass, growing taller and taller as the warm days pass." Pictures and brief text then describe the dandelion from spring flowering, through the formation of fluffy white umbrellas with attached seeds, new seeds sprouting, and new flowers emerging. Paintings in soft yellow and green show enormously enlarged flowers and insects. In her debut, Posada gives the scientific name and brief facts about the dandelion; it is, for example, a composite flower, a perennial, a native of Europe and Asia, and a good source of vitamins A and C. She includes a recipe for a dandelion salad adding an appropriate warning to use only greens never sprayed or fertilized. She provides a page of things to do with dandelions to learn more about them, and suggests a title for further reading. 

A good-natured read-aloud.

(Nonfiction. 5-8)