What Will Grow by Jennifer Ward

“What Will Grow?” written by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani. Published by Bloomsbury, 2017.

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What Will Grow? dandelions illustrated by Susie Ghahremani


  • A mighty oak of a book . . . This lyrical picture book about the wonders of seeds will charm readers with its fun gatefolds and softly appealing illustrations of animals and plants.” – Shelf Awareness **STARRED REVIEW**
  • “Quietly lovely . . . Ghahremani’s art is playful yet refined, and the soft textures of the wood she paints on bring warmth to vignettes of dandelion-laden meadows, pumpkins stalked by a fox, and frosty winter fields. Well-integrated gatefolds add drama to some scenes . . . An enchanting vision of how strikingly different seeds and plants can be.” – Publishers Weekly **STARRED REVIEW**
  • “This bucolic companion to Ward’s What Will Hatch? captures the magic and excitement of planting a garden and waiting for it to bloom . . . Four gatefold illustrations will appeal to children’s sense of wonder, and informative back matter instructs aspiring gardeners on when and how to sow the showcased seeds.” – School Library Journal **STARRED REVIEW**
  • “Rich with organic material, this choice is as warm and patient as the ground that nurtures the seeds to new life.” – Kirkus Reviews
  • “Featuring rounded, simplified botanical forms, the book’s decorative gouache paintings are playful and satisfying . . . A satisfying, interactive picture book for reading aloud.” – Booklist


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Ward is the author of I Love Dirt!Let’s Go Outside!, and numerous children’s books, all of which present nature to kids. Learn more about her at jenniferwardbooks.com.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:  Susie Ghahremani is an award-winning illustrator and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). When not painting tiny paintings, illustrating children’s books, designing stationery and gifts, teaching at RISD, exhibiting her work internationally, shipping orders, or connecting with the illustration community, she lives in sunny San Diego with her husband and zillions of pets. Visit her online at boygirlparty.com

  • Age Range: 3 – 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (February 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1681190303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1681190303

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