I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast
A Celebration of Plants Around the World
Michael Holland FLS & Philip Giordano
(Flying Eye Books)– hardback
I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast includes activities within its rich factual information. This book offers a fulsome opportunity to explore plants from their beginnings to the various ways that plants are contributing to ‘cures and solutions to our problems’.
While Part One explores the definition of a plant, the second section concerns the plant kingdom, families, evolution and adaptation. We have a happy families’ section in this part, with various members of the families of the rose, potato, mint, bean. cucumber and mint. Illustrator, Philip Giordano demonstrates the interconnections through family trails.
Every section contains at least two DIY activities. For example, in the third section which explains how plants are a part of our everyday life, we’ve four related tasks. One of these is to create an up-cycled garden. This activity reads as a science experiment to include equipment, methods, a safety note, and an opportunity to consider outcomes.
Finally, the fourth part includes information about how specific plants have been used by different cultures and are referenced for our future. Therefore we look at a variety of fuel sources and housing options imaginatively, resourcefully and with ecological viability.
I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast is entirely plant based from its construction to its content. Therefore it is a magnificent, memorable title, recommended for home and school libraries.