The Digger and the Flower

The Digger and the FlowerThe Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love how this book personifies the construction equipment. I had every Kindergarten student rapt from the first second they noticed the various equipment pieces. “They all have tracks,” one excited boy noted. “They also have eyes!” said another. We wondered aloud how the flower and the digger might have a conflict. The digger protects the flower as the city grows up around it. When the flower finally is dozed over, the digger grows sad but notices the flower had dropped its seeds. The digger takes the seeds to the edge of town and plants them. As the book closes the seeds sprout and the digger cares for the new flowers. The last few pages show the flowers once again encroaching on the city spreading their seeds. The Kindergarten students immediately connected the story to the lifecycle of the Monarch Butterflies they had just released. A fantastic story full of simple, but moving images.

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