Vast, Émilie

Plants on the Move

(2) K-3 Translated by Julie Cormier. Vast profiles five different ways plants "move" their seeds, shoots, and fruit to new locations as part of their reproductive cycles. Seeds from dandelions and trees "fly away" or "fall"; the tendrils of strawberries "creep" across the ground; and animals transport burdocks that "cling" to their fur and berries that "get eaten" by birds and mice. The relocations are revealed across a mix of panel series and full-page illustrations, starting with the seeds attached to their parent plants, then moving step-by-step toward their final destinations. The clever graphic design employs the same purple hue throughout for the parts of the plants that don't move, providing silhouette-like outlines of leaves and stems. In contrast, the parts that move are shown in contrasting hues that make them easy to see as they fly through the air or travel through the digestive systems of the animals that disseminate them. Each of the five sections ends on a page filled with examples of other plants that employ the same movement.


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