This beautifully illustrated children's book was created out of Gertrude Teutsch's love for the harethistle (genus Sonchus ), a tall relative of the dandelion, which grew around her home.
As a gifted mother, teacher, and artist, she found a way of presenting the development of this plant to children through a delightful story-book. Her pictures and narrative enter imaginatively into the various stages and formations of the plant and bring them vividly alive.
This book will engender a love for and lively interest in nature -- a wonderful resource for parents as well as kindergarten and lower grades teachers.
8.5 x 11 inches
The Dandelion's Cousin by Gertrude Teutsch
Children love to explore the outdoors, and observe plant-life closely. They collect leaves and pine cones, and they love learning about the life-cycle of plants, watching seeds sprout, flowers bloom, fruit ripen.
Little ones are also interested in their own development, of course. I've noticed that children seem to have a greater capacity to absorb details than, say, the average non-scientist parent, so it's great when you find a book that has enough depth to satisfy the most curious among them.
The Dandelion's Cousin is a necessary addition to the library of any such budding observer of natural phenomena, especially the horticultural variety. The illustrations are amazing - extraordinarily exacting, more akin to what you'd expect in a reference work.
But there's a story here as well, and it too is precise and rich in details, following the harethistle through the various stages of growth. This book is a real treasure.
Review by Lauren Ciborski