A Seed in Need, is part of the Little Bees information picture book series, this beautifully illustrated and well-laid out book perfectly reinforces the stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant.

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The information about the stages snakes its way across each page, and additional facts are drawn out through a conversation between an inquisitive ladybird and a very knowledgeable snail (“Why do plants have roots?” “Roots hold the plant firmly in the soil. They soak up water, too.”).  There’s also a glossary of useful words and a labelled picture of a sunflower at the end. Ideal for outdoor learning or reinforcement in the classroom.

A Seed in Need: a first look at the plant life cycle. Sam Godwin; ISBN: 978-0-7500-2497-6; Wayland Books, reprinted in 2012; pp 31; £6.99

I Wonder Why Caterpillars Eat So Much is part of the I Wonder Why series, which covers science, history and geography topics.

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This book explains many aspects of animal life cycles by answering engaging questions such as: Why do spiders split open?, How does a butterfly get out?, Which eggs wobble? and Do crocodiles eat their babies?

This is a fun and informative book for Key Stages 1 and 2 science.

I Wonder Why Caterpillars Eat So Much. Belinda Weber; ISBN: 978-0753467077; Kingfisher, reprinted 2012; pp 32; £4.74 (available from Amazon)

Juliette Green