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Amazing Plant Powers
How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, and Change the World
by Loreen Leedy and Andrew Schuerger
Loreen Leedy, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823422562 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Science & Nature, Farming & Farm Life
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.3.2, 2a-d, 5-8, 10
L.3.3, 3a, 3b, 4, 4a-d, 5, 5b
RI.3.1-5, 7-10
SL.3.1, 1a-d, 2-4, 6
RF.3.3, 3a-d, 4, 4a, 4b
RL.3.1, 4, 5, 7

About the Book

This inventive introduction to the plant world combines facts about basic botany and fun with amusing characters and surprising information.

Imagine if plants had superhero qualities. According to Spike E. Prickles, a TV personality who happens to be a cactus, plants have plenty of awesome abilities, and his houseplant fans agree. From protecting themselves from forest fires and voracious leaf-eating insects to surviving in hostile environments that are numbingly cold or stiflingly hot, Spike highlights the impressive range of adaptations plants have developed.

Includes a glossary and plant projects to try at home and in school.


"A great supplement to plant units, and a welcome introduction to informational texts."—School Library Journal

"A strong demonstration of plant powers."—Kirkus Reviews


Read an exclusive Q&A with the creators, Loreen Leedy & Andrew Schuerger!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the main idea of AMAZING PLANT POWERS? How do authors Loreen Leedy and Andrew Schuerger use key details to support the main idea? RI.2-3.2

2. Explain why it is important for animals and plants to have adaptive abilities. What are some amazing plant powers? Give an example of each from the book. (fly, fight, hide, hunt) RI.2-3.1, 3

3. Explain how the authors use fiction and nonfiction in the book. How does this affect the meaning and tone? RI.2-3.8, RL.2-3.5

4. How do plants change the world? Write an explanatory text. Draw a picture of the world with and without plants. RI.2-3.1, 3 / W.2-3.2, 8

Educators' Guide
AMAZING PLANT POWERS: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, and Change the World
Educator's guide featuring plant projects and a vocabulary activity sheet.