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Plant Cells: The Building Blocks of Plants (Exploring Science: Life… (edition 2006)

by Stille, Darlene R., Hoffmann (Illustrator), Eric (Illustrator)

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Title:Plant Cells: The Building Blocks of Plants (Exploring Science: Life Science series) (Exploring Science (Compass Point))
Other authors:Darlene R., Hoffmann (Illustrator), Eric (Illustrator)
Info:Compass Point Books (2006), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 48 pages
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Tags:Non-fiction, Specialized, Plant Cells

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Plant Cells: The Building Blocks of Plants (Exploring Science: Life Science) by Darlene R. Stille



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Plant cells present a plethora of interesting photographs of the small structures of plants that few ever see. I fear that the mindless presentation is reminiscent of the pathetic textbooks that are churned out every year to please everyone, but pleasing no one and solely functioning to keep students entertained instead of encouraging them to explore their world. The photos and diagrams are fine. However, the information and 'know how' in examining these small structures is not is not imparted to the audience. I hoped it would at least detail the various stains in viewing plant cells. If so, it could function as an enticing collection of photos to gather a younger generation to appreciate these things. Not many appreciate plants these days for any reason other than what the plants do for them. Botanists are becoming more rare. Perhaps the author felt that such content would not be appreciated by the audience, but I disagree. There are those among us who look for things in the smallest of places, on an earth that has been well explored save for the darkest caves and deepest oceans.

In the end, I really can't recommend this book. We can draw students into science by presenting science in a manner tantamount to exploration of the new world long ago. No, really , we can. This book does not do that. Pretty pictures are great, but they need more context and barbed hooks to draw the reader in. We want them to take their own pictures and to search for more pictures where no one else has looked.
  rgwomack | Nov 30, 2012 |
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Describes plant cells including their parts, what plant cells do, and how they are studied.

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From a giant redwood tree to the smallest blade of grass, all plants are made of cells. These tiny organisms allow the plant to complete a variety of functions, many of which are different from the functions of human cells. for example, plants can convert energy from sunlight in a process called photosynthesis. learn about th the basic plant cell structure, the functions of different types of plant cells, and plant reproduction. colorful explanations, interesting pictures, and graphic diagrams guide your way though the he amazing, microscopic world of plant cells. The book also includes an index, glossary, fun facts, and bibliographical resources.… (more)

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