Stars in the Grass

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

In Dandelions, Mia Posada brings to life the beauty of the flower better known as a weed and a nuisance. This book invites readers to discover and watch the life cycles of dandelions with lush and softly colored illustrations and with a clear and simple text. Make and eat your own dandelion salad with the easy-to-follow recipe that’s included.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2000-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.1
BISACS JNF051050, JNF037030
Dewey 583'.99
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 550
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 49272
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also studied art in Florence, Italy, and illustration at Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California. Mia has written and illustrated numerous books including: The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration, Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks, and Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors. She illustrated Plants Can't Sit Still which was named a Kirkus Best Children's Books and won the NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award. She lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband and their three kids.


  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2000
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2000


Kirkus Reviews

“A good-natured read-aloud.”
Kirkus Reviews

Science Books & Films

“The dandelion’s life is succinctly described in a rhyming verse accompanied by illustrations that could, by themselves, relate the life story of this remarkably ordinary plant. Teachers of young children could discuss a number of topics presented in the book: the seasons, pollination, seed dispersal, adaption, germination, and phototropism.”
Science Books & Films

School Library Journal

“This cheerful book is a nice combination of rhyme and information. As the dandelion’s life cycle is described, bright and pleasing acrylic illustrations extend the text. . .”
School Library Journal