DANDELIONS by Mia Posada


Stars in the Grass
Age Range: 5 - 8


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)

Pub Date: March 14th, 2000
ISBN: 1-57505-383-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2000


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