146 ChaPter 7 Pussy wiLLow “Is it like this one?” it is outdoor time and sage is heading out to play. her path takes her under the branches of a pussy willow tree. she notices that some of the furry gray catkins have opened, showing their bright yellow anthers. she stops to take a closer look. as she investigates, her teacher joins her and asks her to describe what she is seeing. sage notices aloud that not all of the buds are open. some are tightly closed, others partially open, and some are fully burst and bright. her teacher listens to her observations and then asks her if they are all different or if there are any that look just the same. “is it like this one?” LensFinal.indd 146 9/16/10 10:47:55 AM