Initially, it doesn’t go well. Fran finds a flowerpot filled with soil and a tiny bud peeking out. She takes it home and tells it, “Grow flower.” But nothing happens.
The flower must be hungry, she decides. So she feeds it a slice of pizza. The next day she tries a piece of cheeseburger, and the day after that she stuffs the pot with two chocolate chip cookies and a large spoonful of strawberry ice cream. Naturally, children find this hilarious.
Fran gets frustrated with the tiny plant and tosses it outside. Mother Nature takes over from there, and a few weeks later, Fran gets a delightful surprise.
This is a wonderful book for a springtime or gardening story time, and it is a natural lead-in to a discussion of how flowers grow. Beardshaw’s large, colorful illustrations are ideal for sharing with a group. WRL owns this under the title listed above, but the book also appears to have been released under the title Grow, Flower, Grow.
Check the WRL catalog for Fran’s Flower.