This year the girls and I are taking part in Nurture Store‘s Sunflower Challenge. Not only do we get to grow (hopefully) prize-winning sunflowers, we’re also helping raise funds for the work of the Compton Hospice. For a donation, Compton Hospice will send you a packet of sunflower seeds and then it’s over to you – for the growers of the four tallest sunflowers there are some wonderful prizes including family tickets to the Just So Festival 2011 and the ThinkTank in Birmingham.
Last week we planted our seeds…
…and ever since then we’ve been reading lots and lots of books about sunflowers, including To be like the Sun by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, which opens with these lines:
Hello, little seed,
striped gray seed.
Do you really know everything
To read my review, head on over to the Nurture Store blog. I’m thrilled that over the next few months I’ll be regularly guest posting for Cathy with reviews of sunflower picture books. I hope you’ll be popping over to read all about the books I’ve selected. And if you’d like to join in with the Sunflower challenge yourself, you can find all the details here.
In deciding which books to review as part of our Sunflower challenge I drew up a master list of great sounding books. I’ve not yet read them all, but I thought you might like the list to give you some ideas as you (hopefully) get seed sowing.
Do you have a favourite sunflower picture book? For a couple a sunflower book we’ve reviewed in the past, take a look here and to see what we did with our sunflowers at the end of the summer two years ago (!) take a look here 🙂