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Whether planting seeds in a paper cup or growing crops on a large farm, the science of producing healthy plants works the same for both.

This spring, Casey & Friends teaches children (ages 4-8) about the science of planting seeds and caring for plants with its newest book in the series, Planters & Cultivators.

The latest edition is penned by author Holly Dufek, a seasoned educator and national curriculum writer and illustrated by Paul Nunn, an artist for Disney and Lucasfilm Ltd.

Dufek hopes the series helps kids make the connection with the farm equipment they see in the countryside and the food on their table.

Planters & Cultivators combines real action photographs with bright illustrations and a cast of cartoon equipment characters. The book follows Tammi the Tiller, Evan the Earlier Riser Planter and Peter the Patriot Sprayer as they work together to make this year's crop bigger than ever.

Packed with rich detail on the science of soil, and featuring a hands-on experiment on soil depth, Planters & Cultivators makes a great addition to STEM and Common Core reading lists. Complimentary Casey & Friends lesson plans are also available at OctanePress.com.

Books in the Casey & Friends series introduce children to the world of modern farming and are narrated by Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm, Big Red the tractor, and a whole cast of cartoon equipment characters.

Each book highlights the science and technology associated with different farming concepts and the equipment used. Educational sidebars, a glossary and fun farm facts provide additional learning opportunities.

The book is designed for readers ages 4-8. For more information visit http://octanepress.com/book-product-category/casey-and-friends

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