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Amazing Plant Powers

How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, and Change the World

Loreen Leedy, Andrew Schuerger


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Hardcover (1/30/2015)


Go beyond the basics of botany with this introduction to the strangest, coolest things plants can do.

You might already know that plants can turn light into food-- but did you know that some plants have to bend or climb to get to the light?

Join Spike E. Prickles, the charistmatic cactus host of this book, to learn about all the incredible things plants can do. From wet swamps to dry deserts to the arctic tundra, plants have adapted in a wide variety of ways to survive in all kinds of environment.

Bold photographs and bright illustrations highlight all sorts of surprising plant powers: defending themselves with sharp spines, regrowing from small cuttings, hiding from predators, surviving forest fires, and much more! Amazing Plant Powers is a fun, kid-friendly introduction to the wide, wild world of plants-- and why we need them.

Includes a glossary of important terms, and suggestions for fun plant projects readers can try on their own.

Praise For Amazing Plant Powers: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, and Change the World

"In this inspired science guide, a cartoon cactus named Spike E. Prickles teaches readers about the special powers that plants possess . . . A great supplement to plant units, and a welcome introduction to informational texts."—School Library Journal

"A strong demonstration of plant powers." —Kirkus Reviews

Holiday House, 9780823440474, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 18, 2018

About the Author

Loreen Leedy's nonfiction books-- including 2 X 2=Boo, Seeing Symmetry, and more-- are staples in classrooms across the country. Her books have been ALA Notable books, Kirkus Reviews Best Books, and Booklist Editors Choices. Ms. Leedy lives in Florida. Learn more on her website at

Dr. Andrew Schuerger is a research professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida. His office and lab are in the Space Life Sciences Lab at the Kennedy Space Center, where he studies Mars astrobiology and plant-pathogen interactions.