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Surprise in the Meadow
by Anna Vojtech
Anna Vojtech, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 X 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435562 | 02-15-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Seasons, Science & Nature, Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.2.2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
SL.2.1, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 6
RF.2.3, 3d, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
L.2.5, 5a, 5b, 6
RL.2.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10
L.2.1, 1f, 2, 2c, 3, 4, 4a, 4c, 4d

About the Book

Little Chipmunk—along with readers—learns the lifecycle of a sunflower when last fall's buried seeds become this year's harvest.

When Little Chipmunk wakes from his long winter sleep, it is springtime and he is hungry. But Little Chipmunk finds no seeds in his hiding place. Instead, there is the shoot of an unusual plant. The plant grows taller and taller under the spring sun, finally sprouting a gigantic golden flower: a sunflower!

Warm, rustic illustrations show Chipmunk watching the sunflower grow and change throughout the seasons. The flower turns from a brilliant yellow to a darkening brown, and sheds hundreds of seeds before wintertime. These seeds feed Little Chipmunk, but he is sure to bury some for next year, too.

Backmatter includes a page detailing the life cycle of a sunflower.


"A sweet and simple story."—School Library Journal

"The story parallels children's experiences planting seeds in many preschools and the early elementary grades and would be a good accompaniment in classroom libraries. Sweet but also nourishing."—Kirkus Reviews

"This picture book [is] an inviting read-aloud choice for units on plant life cycles."—Booklist

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Discuss the setting in the story—where and when. How does the setting change as the plot develops throughout the story? RL.2-3.1

2. Create a life cycle chart of a sunflower. RL.2-3.1

3. What do you think will happen next? Write a sequel to the story. W.2-3.3

4. Describe what made the sunflower flourish in the story (warm sun, rainwater). Plant a sunflower seed with your class. Keep a journal. RL.2-3.1/W.2-3.10