Wake, Sleepy One: California Poppies and the Super Bloom by Lisa Kerr, illustrated by Lisa Powell Braun

Wake, Sleepy One: California Poppies and the Super Bloom by Lisa Kerr, illustrated by Lisa Powell Braun, West Margin Press, 2022. 9781513128689 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? Gorgeous illustrations, that fill the page, show the desert habitat where the California Poppy blooms in the spring – if the conditions are right. Dormant seeds will crack and sprout if they are met by rain. The tightly furled flower will spread and bloom after the protective calyx falls off. If the weather is bad, the flower folds back up. The poppy is surrounded by other flowering plants and many desert animals. In the Mojave Desert the poppies begin blooming in March, peak in April and end by early summer. There are times when hundreds of the flowers bloom at one time and this is known as the “super bloom”. which only occurs about once every ten years! The illustrations also show all the insects that live in the area with the other plants and animals. This ode to a beautiful flower culminates with a glossary and botanical sketches of the poppy.  More about California Poppies, the Super Bloom and how to protect the Super Bloom is included.  An ode to a beautiful plant.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This book could be wonderfully shared in a Botany class or used in a science unit for younger children.  It seems like a must-have for schools and libraries in California.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, young botanists

Where would you shelve it? 583

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Maybe not, but still well worth a look.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: April 13, 2022

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