I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast


I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast is more than a reference book about plants. In its introduction we learn how plants exist, up to their construction. Three further sections follow, where we consider the variety of plants and the different and unexpected plants within family trees, to the way they have evolved and adapted to different habitats and conditions.

Across the world and through different cultures, plants have been used for everything from weapons and homes to medicines. Their potential continues to be realised as we look toward a more responsible future.

Within every part of the book, the writer offers at least three activities. For example, in the section that concerns plant adaptations, readers are invited to test ‘the effects of freezing conditions on deciduous and evergreen trees.’ How have plants within freezing conditions adapted? What does the experiment prove?

There’s an activity involving similar ingredients as the ancient Egyptians would in the section concerned with how plants are employed in everyday life. While the activity is closer to pétanque, or French boules, it’s inventive, fun and educational!

I love the organisation of the book, the depth of information, the fresh facts, wonder and potential to learn and explore. Its presentation is vibrant, inviting and so beautiful. Bookwagon is so proud to recommend I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast.

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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.



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