Gr 1-3–These books open with seeds or eggs or just after a birth and move through the life cycle, closing as another generation begins. Each stage is described on a spread that features clearly written, oversized text and a caption opposite a full-page, realistic watercolor, or, occasionally, a photograph. Near the bottom of the illustration, a question (“What will hatch out of the eggs?”) leads readers to the next chapter. Some illustrations don’t reflect the text or lack sufficient details, close-ups, or diagrams. A final “More About” page gives species, location, and size information. A worthwhile purchase despite the minor flaws.