From Kirkus Reviews
Seeds and kids start out small and grow wondrously, which may explain some of children's fascination with planting, growing, and, subsequently, exploring their environments. With sentences that mimic the cumulative pattern of ``The House that Jack Built,'' Hickman's hand-sized book uses the backyard garden to investigate plant life cycles. Each page has a fold-over flap that reveals further facts and illustration details relating to the page's topic. Sam plants his vegetable seeds; behind the flap are close-ups of the sprout's growth underground. When a bee pollinates a flower, an opened flap reveals its hive. The vegetable garden the children plant in the beginning of the book is harvested at its end; each vegetable and fruit is cut open to reveal more seeds--the completion of the cycle. It's been done before in many other books, but this version, with its lush illustrations of a bountiful garden, is a summertime treat. (Picture book. 3-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
This is a very special little book that just begs to be shared with someone sitting on your lap. The friendly illustrations are filled with charming details. This book makes easy work of a possibly confusing topic. Best of all, the edge of each page opens with a cleverly designed flap which gives the reader a closer peek into the subject. (Care for Kids
This clever format provides two levels of text: one a simple story for quite young readers, and another, under the flap, a more involved scientific lesson. (Quill & Quire