THE WORLD’S BEST CLASS PLANT, by Audrey Vernick , Liz Garton Scanlon, Lynnor Bontigao. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, May 30, 2023, Hardcover, $18.99 (ages 3-7)
The kids in Room 109 want a class plant, but learn exciting things happen when you have The World’s Best Class Plant instead.
Room 107 has a cockatiel. Room 108 has a chinchilla. Even the Art Room has a bearded dragon. But in Room 109, Arlo’s classroom, there is a plant. A mostly green, hardly growing, never moving plant. Even though it doesn’t squeak, whistle, or whimper, Arlo’s teacher says the plant is “more than enough excitement for us.” But what could possibly be exciting about a plant?
One day, Arlo decides to name the plant Jerry. Something about naming the plant makes it more exciting. As the class learns to take care of Jerry, he starts to grow . . . greener and longer and twistier. And before long it’s clear that something amazing has taken root in Arlo’s classroom. —Synopsis provided by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The World’s Best Class Plant introduces readers to the perfect pet alternative — a plant! Sure, it doesn’t squeak or whistle or whimper, but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. As the kids learn more and more about caring for their spider plant, they gain a sense of ownership. They see how things that are loved can flourish.
Authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick have a wonderful, playful tone to their writing that’s fun to read aloud. And illustrator Lynnor Bontigao’s lively illustrations add humor and excitement.
The World’s Best Class Plant is a great option for starting off a plant project at home or in school.
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