Book 1 in the Baby Palm Grows Up Series
Baby Palm learns that in order to grow, he must let go of what he no longer needs.
The book contains a fictional story followed by a non-fiction section on how palm trees grow, the history of palm trees and humans, geography, the phases of the moon, and eye spy activities for the youngest readers.
Will appeal to readers who enjoy:
the science of botany & history
"A gentle, charming, and encouraging tale about bravely growing up." -- Kirkus Starred Review
Take a closer look at Baby Palm
KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW
A palm tree learns that letting go of things he no longer needs can be helpful to others in this illustrated children’s book.
Baby Palm, Daddy Palm, and Grandma Palm live together on a beautiful island in the Caribbean. Every full moon, humans arrive to collect old fronds that the trees have dropped, but Baby Palm doesn’t want to abandon his. “When I let my old ones go, I make room for new fronds to grow,” observes Daddy Palm, but Baby Palm clings tightly to what he knows. As the humans come month after month, Baby Palm notices one woman’s shape changing; she’s going to have a baby. When there are sounds of celebration over the hill, Baby Palm wants to know what’s going on, but Daddy Palm says he’ll have to grow tall enough to find out for himself. Curiosity wins out and Baby Palm decides he’s ready: He drops his fronds and realizes it really doesn’t hurt at all. As the months pass, Baby Palm grows, and soon he sees that his old fronds have become a crib for the human baby. Told in simple, accessible language, this series opener presents a clear metaphor for children discarding things they no longer need—whether that means not being afraid to lose their teeth or deciding to give up an old toy (as suggested in the end pages). But while the parallel is distinct, Mir’s engaging story is never heavy-handed. Like Daddy Palm and Grandma Palm, the tale remains patient as Baby Palm works out his willingness to release his old fronds at his own speed. Kamieniecki’s basic dot-and-line faces for the palm trees contrast with the more complex expressions of the brown-skinned humans, but both deftly communicate the emotions of the characters. There are also hidden pictures on each page, described in the endnotes, offering young readers a reason to go back and pore over the story. The scientific explanations about the relationship between humans and palm trees should be as much fun for adults as they are for children.
A gentle, charming, and encouraging tale about bravely growing up. -- Kirkus Starred Review
Boriana Todorov, author of The Moon Rock and Oliver's Tantrums
In the beautifully illustrated series: Baby Palm - an Adventure in Growth; Little Palm - Growing with Animal Friends; and Young Palm - Storms to Rainbows, are three endearing books that follow the life of a baby royal palm tree who is born on a tropical island in the Caribbean and lives there with his father and grandmother.
Children are introduced to the fascinating stages of the palm tree's growth and at the same time to the concept of growing up and the challenges that come with this process. There is also terrific bonus content to be found at the end of each book. "For the infinitely curious polymath," the author has included fun facts and trivia related to the three separate stories. In addition, there is the "Eye Spy'' activity page and parents can challenge their young readers to search for letters of the alphabet, numbers, and all sorts of cleverly hidden creatures and objects on the preceding pages. Each picture book has a clear beginning, middle, and end and can be a stand-alone read, but to truly appreciate the beauty of the message of the series, and to learn more about the little palm tree's journey, reading all three is highly recommended. - Boriana Todorov
F. Brown, PreK - 1st grade teacher
As a preschool, K, and 1st grade teacher, I use the Baby Palm series in my classroom. The stories and vibrant illustrations are sweet and teach valuable lessons about sharing and helping. The stories foster a love and respect for nature, while the non-fiction section teaches the science. I recommend the books for families with siblings of different ages and for mixed-grade classrooms because each book has content that appeals at different levels. -- F. Brown
Dilek Mir loves to read, but even more than that, she loves to write about beings* who are curious about the world and how it works.
She is the author of four picture books: Baby Palm, Little Palm, Young Palm, and When Echo Met Shadow, as well as the young adult novel Alexis Ascending.
*beings: human and otherwise
Ever since Pawel was little he always wanted to bring ideas that were stuck in in his head to life. Since then, he has been on a mission to constantly improve towards that dream.
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