Title: Because of an Acorn
Author: Lola Schaefer & Adam Schaefer
Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon
Recommended for: kindergarten-third graders, older preschoolers who aren’t too sensitive (and/or observant)
Call Number/Link: E 577.3 SCH
Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting illustrations show the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life.
This book uses minimal text and detailed illustrations to teach children basic information about a woodland ecosystem. If used in a classroom, the teacher would need to provide additional explanation for children to actually understand the concept.
The online catalog lists the book as being for ages 5-10 and grades K-3. It seemed like a book for younger children the first time I read it, but I am less certain of that after looking at the illustrations more closely. This should not be a shock considering that the book is about the food cycle. Observant children might notice the bird with an insect in its mouth, a snake approaching a chipmunk, and a hawk capturing a snake. The text never mentions why some animals are grabbing smaller animals and the animals are not shown eating their prey, so I am unsure whether it could be used for Preschool Storytimes or Toddler Times with a tree or nature theme.
This book is easy nonfiction but reads like a picture book.