Booklist "In this appealing, botanical companion book to What Will Hatch? (2013), Ward and Ghahremani explore what grows from seeds. Each double-page spread begins with a few descriptive, rhyming words on the left side, followed by the question “What will grow?” The answer appears on the right-hand page, and four of these are gatefolds opening upward, downward, or outward to reveal dramatically larger scenes. The downward-opening flap in this section, revealing the carrots growing below ground level, is one of the most beautiful and effective in the book. Featuring rounded, simplified botanical forms, the book’s decorative gouache paintings are playful and satisfying. The back matter includes a two-page section of how-to directions for planting the 12 seeds mentioned (acorn/oak, apple, carrot, dandelion, lettuce, milkweed, pea, pumpkin, sunflower, pine, radish, tomato) and another that shows four stages of plant growth."
Kirkus Reviews Pine cones. Acorns. Dandelion fuzz. Sunflower seeds. Children are delighted by these natural treasures. But what will become of these little nuggets of life? Ward and Ghahremani follow up their book What Will Hatch? (2013) with this second rhyming and riddling book on seeds. Hand-lettered descriptions provide bare clues: "Shiny, brown. Bumpy crown. / What will grow?" Gouache-on-wood illustrations in an earthy palette on double-page spreads provide visual hints. Endnotes provide details on the 13 seeds and their sowing times, as well as the life cycle from seed to plant. Rich with organic material, this choice is as warm and patient as the ground that nurtures the seeds to new life. (Informational picture book. 2-5)
What Will Hatch? words by Jennifer Ward illustrations by Susie Ghahremani Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2016
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“Eggs come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most important question to young, curious minds is what will hatch? Science for the very young is done best through joyous learning; education will certainly hatch from these pages. ”
Booklist This attractive picture book introduces a variety of animals’ eggs in brief phrases that include the question “What will hatch?” The first double-page spread illustrates a beach where a clutch of round eggs lie in a hole. The text reads “SANDY ball. / WHAT will HATCH?” On the next spread, three little sea turtles make their way to the water as the text says, “PADDLE and CRAWL—SEA TURTLE.” A die-cut hole representing an egg in the first illustration becomes an ocean bubble on the next page. Publishers Weekly An elegant interactive design and serene illustrations introduce readers to seven animals that hatch from eggs, including sea turtles, a crocodile, and a platypus. Egg-shaped die cuts peek between pages, as the collaborators give visual and textual clues that let readers guess what nestles inside each egg: “Warm seat. What will hatch? On Daddy’s feet—penguin.”
School Library Journal "Ghahremani's folk-art gouache paintings on wood, in soft blues, browns, and greens, are filled with patterns and animals with softly rounded bodies-several in cartoon style. A die-cut hole in each sequence denotes the shape of the creature's egg and is placed among other painted eggs."