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 Cactus and Flower : a book about life cycles
 Author: Williamson, Sarah

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 953176 ISBN: 9781419743375
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Cactus -- Fiction
 Flowers -- Fiction
 Life cycles (Biology) -- Fiction
 Deserts -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Cactus and Flower spend their days in the desert, side by side. They grow, slowly but surely. Then one day, Flower loses a petal. Cactus and Flower know what this means. But they know, too, that this is the way life goes: Slowly but surely, petals will fall, and new buds will bloom.

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/01/20)
   Booklist (04/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2020 Pink Flower lives with Cactus in the desert. They do everything together: They watch the sun come up and go down. They enjoy butterfly days. Sometimes others come to play with them, and every night they look for their friends in the constellations. Cactus slowly but surely grows taller, and Flower gets bigger too: “Such is life.” But one day “Flower lost a petal. Poof. Just like that.” As the petals drop until Flower is gone, Cactus’ smile droops to a sad and watery “Oh.” After many days, a new, orange Flower appears, and the butterfly days return. The vertical trim size and full-bleed, double-page spreads done in brightly colored gouache support the simple text for this poignant story. The long-living cacti serve as sturdy friends to the flowers that grow on them, from bud to flower to demise to rebirth, and provide children with a clear introduction to the concept of life cycles.For a fun surprise, the beginning endpapers with animal cloud shapes reappear as constellations in the night sky at the end. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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