June 29, 1999


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Clarion 1992
Language Arts Curriculum

Alert the media:  On June 29, 1999 Holly Evans science project blew the competition right off the face of the Earth while the vegetables from the seedlings she had sent aloft into the ionosphere blew right back onto the face of the Earth.  As you might have expected, it was a Tuesday.

Welcome to Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.  It's May 11 and Holly Evans has decided to launch her vegetable seedlings into the sky.  Her purpose:  to study the "effects of extra-terrestrial conditions on vegetable growth and development." It's a month and a half later when her real results begin to reveal themselves in startling ways.

In the Rocky Mountains giant turnips are running wild. Vegetables are everywhere.  "Cucumbers in Kalamazoo. Lima beans in Levittown."  It is an "airborne vegetal event."  

What has Holly discovered?  Is growing vegetables in the ionosphere the farm of the future?  Wondrously wacky humor frolics through the revealing the amazing effects of enormous vegetables.  

Perfect for children who read carefully picking out the details other miss.  Perfect for the child whose imagination is always moving her to ask, "What if?"  Perfect for the older reader who will laugh knowingly at the subtle humor and dry wit.

9780395597620  Ages  6-9   32 pages

Lesson Plans:  http://childlit834.blogspot.com/2009/07/author-illustrator-study-david-wiesner.html

Recommended by:  Barb

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