Isabella’s Peppermint Flowers
It’s spring, and Isabella and her sister, Flora, are excited to go flower hunting to look for woodland wildflowers. They have a special patch of “peppermint flowers” they hope to find on their walk.
The sisters discover that peppermint flowers have another name: Claytonia virginica. Discovering the wildflower’s scientific name teaches the sisters about Virginia’s colonial history, key aspects of botany, and the natural history of spring wildflowers and their role in the ecosystem.
This story is for children and parents alike — for nature has endless hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.
Isabella’s Peppermint Flowers. A story told by Susan Leopold with illustrations by Nicky Staunton. Hardback: 36 pages. 2014.