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Achoo!: Why Pollen Counts    by Shennen Bersani order for
by Shennen Bersani
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Spring is here. It's allergy time. Baby Bear has itchy, watery eyes, and a runny nose. He sniffles and sneezes and scratches. His fur is covered in yellow pollen. Baby Bear is allergic to pollen. He wishes the pollen would all disappear.

Mother Bear explains that the world needs pollen for the plants and animals. Some animals eat pollen and others move it around to help pollinate plants. Many insects eat pollen. Spiders eat pollen caught in their webs. Honey bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds carry pollen from flower to flower, pollinating the plants that grow fruits and berries.

Mother Bear's lesson for Baby Bear explains why we need pollen and can't do without it. Nobody likes allergies, but it might make the suffering more bearable knowing that the world needs pollen.

Writer and illustrator, Shennen Bersani has done a great job of explaining why even pollen has its place in the world. In addition to Bear's story, check the final pages of the book for a glossary and an education section called For Creative Minds. Helpful teaching activities about pollen and allergies are also available online.

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