When a girl and her dog ramble through the seasons, they discover weeds growing in all kinds of places. “Weeds find a way to live where other plants can’t grow”, writes Cindy Jenson-Elliott. Weeds send their seeds into the world on parachutes or hooked onto animal fur like velcro. The seeds find a way to wait until the conditions are just right for growing. They grow and flower, providing insects with food and us with beauty. Whatever they need to do to survive, weeds find a way.
I like the way this story is structured by seasons. I also like the repetition of “weeds find a way”, and the celebration of how weeds solve problems they encounter. The illustrations are bold, with enough detail that you can use them to help identify the weeds growing in your own back yard. And there’s a wonderful “meet the weeds” section at the back filled with drawing and notes about weeds that we might find in and around our homes. There’s also a tone of tolerance: weeds make the world a prettier place one blossom at a time.
Check out some hands-on weedy activities over at Archimedes Notebook, and meet the author in a quick three-question interview.