Flower Talk

How Plants Use Color to Communicate

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Pssssst! Did you know plants can talk?

It’s true! Plants use the colors of their flowers to communicate with animals. But why animals? Because they help plants make seeds by moving pollen from one flower to another. Learn the secrets of flower talk from a narrator with an inside scoop!

This new book from Sara Levine features a cantankerous talking cactus as a narrator, revealing to readers the significance of different colors of flowers in terms of which pollinators (bees, bats, birds, etc.) different colors “talk” to. A fun nonfiction presentation of science info that may be new to many kids—and adults!

“[A] marvelous amalgamation of funny and serious.”—A Fuse #8 Production

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-03-05
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037030, JNF051150, JNF051050
Dewey 579/.178
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 501414
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Sara Levine

Sara Levine is an author, educator, and veterinarian. Her science books for children include the Animal by Animal series, Germs Up Close, and A Peek at Beaks: Tools Birds Use. Her books have received a number of awards including AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Utah Beehive Book Award, Cook Prize finalist, Monarch Award master list, and Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year.

Illustrator: Masha D'yans

A classically trained painter and graphic designer, Masha D'yans was born in Europe, and her influences include nature, fairy tales, and Japanese art. Her vibrant watercolors have appeared on greeting cards, in calendars, and in children's books. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her at www.masha.com.


  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2022
  • Utah Beehive Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2021
  • Dogwood Book List for Nonfiction, Winner, 2020
  • Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Literature Award, Nominated, 2020
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020
  • 2020 Cook Prize Honor Book, Winner, 2020



“A good companion volume for Rebecca Hirsch’s Plants Can’t Sit Still (2016), this cleverly written and informative picture book is a lively choice for reading aloud.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Levine offers accessible insights into plant life and the mutualism between plants and animals . . .”—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“[A] strong choice for most nonfiction shelves.”—School Library Journal