Sunday, March 16, 2014

Book Review: Netta and Her Plant by Ellie B. Gellman, Illustrated by Natascia Ugliano

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Netta’s class plants seedlings in plant pots on Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, the Jewish New Year for trees. She also discovers that her name means “plant”. She brings the plant home and her Ima (mother) helps her find a place in the house where they can take care of it together and watch it grow. Netta doesn’t abandon her plant but continues to water it and it becomes part of her world. The plant grows and grows until Netta needs to do something new with it, something that will help her plant.

I thought the idea for the children in Netta’s class to grow their own plants on Tu B’Shevat was a great one. I liked how her parents were very accepting of having Netta’s new plant in their home and made room for it. It helped Netta to learn how to be more responsible as she took care of the plant, which I think was a seed in itself to help her to possibly grow to want to be more responsible in other areas of her life in the future.  As she took care of her new plant, she also seemed to enjoy watching it grow. When it grew to be too big she began to understand she had to think about what was best for her plant, and it was good to discover that she had the support to make that happen.

Marketed for ages 3-8, grades Pre-K - 2

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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