Life Cycles

From the Series Cycles

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

LIFE CYLCES describes and illustrates three different types of life-to-death-to-life again cycles that occur in nature. First is the cycle of the sunflower that grows from a seed to maturity, thus producing more seeds to begin the cycle again. Next is the mushroom cycle, involving the production of spores as a means of reproducing. The third life cycle is that of the grasshopper, which produces eggs that, once fertilized, hatch into new grasshoppers. Each of these examples is a variation of the eternal circle of life and death that is characteristic of most types of plants and insects.

Format Your Price Add
Available at all major wholesalers and distributors. Save 25% when you buy direct!
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2009-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037030, JNF051150, JNF051000
Dewey 571.8
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 57476
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Illustrator: Gustav Moore

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!


A well-illustrated series on nature’s cyclical phenomena. Each book offers three examples of a cycle and the scientific reasons behind them, all while providing an overview of the wondrous order of our world. View available downloads →



“. . . a nice job of simplifying the mating process for his young audience. . . clear, direct language and Moore’s nicely detailed, realistic watercolor illustrations make this material easy to grasp.”

School Library Journal

“Realistic, detailed watercolors. . . clear language and conversational tone make this book a good choice for reading aloud in an introductory classroom lesson on the topic.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“. . . The color illustrations and straightforward text clearly document the life cycle changes.”
The Horn Book Guide