June 29, 1999: David Wiesner

June 29, 1999

Author/Illustrator: David Wiesner
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Year: 1992
Brief Summary: Holly sends vegetable seedlings into the sky as an experiment, and giant plants — different from the ones she has planted — starts raining from the sky!  Where do they come from, and what happened to Holly’s plants?
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Children”s Science Fiction Literature, 1993′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Best Children’s Books, 1992 ; New York Times
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Horn Book Fanfare, 1992 ; Horn Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1992
Notable Children’s Books, 1993 ; Association for Library Service to Children
School Library Journal Best Books, 1992 ; Cahners


Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Science: discuss how science experiments are conducted (steps of science experiment)
  • If you could plant giant vegetables or other food items, what would you plant?
  • Read with Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs.  What are some similarities and differences you noticed?
  • Common Core: Using text and illustrations to make inferences or arrive at conclusions.  If Holly did not plant any of the giant vegetables, where did you think the giant vegetables come from?  Where did Holly’s vegetables go?  (Last pages show aliens growing “Mega-Veg”, and Holly’s vegetables arriving at the aliens.)

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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