A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants. Flowers may be conspicuous or inconspicuous by virtue of their size, form, color, or clustering. A flower is a highly modified shoot, the major part of which the perianth, androecium, and gynoecium are arranged closely along a floral axis or receptacle. My Happy Homeschool recommends learning through literature with the following books –
The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller is a book about flowers, pollen, and seed. The reason for a flower is to manufacture seeds, but Ruth Heller shares a lot more about parts of plants and their functions in her trademark rhythmic style.
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a classic story of the life cycle of a flower, told through the adventures of a tiny seed. Everyone will cheer for the seed’s progress as it floats across the sky, nestles in the ground, and finally grows into the giant flower it was always meant to be.
AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers by Christopher Brickwell is packed with 8,000 plants for every climate – inside and out – from trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs, water plants, and cacti. The updated version features a bright, clear design with improved navigation – cataloging plants by color, season, and size – which makes the book more intuitive for the reader. A must-have reference for all gardeners!