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Dig a tunnel
Hunter, Ryan Ann.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 1999.
Physical Description:
22 pages ; 22 cm
Simply describes a variety of tunnels, how they are built and how they are used.
Reading Level:
610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 29443.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 26509 Guided reading level: K.
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TA807 .H86 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TA807 .H86 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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There are all kinds of tunnels under ground and under water.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. This very basic introduction to digging starts with the tunnels of moles and ants--from which humans may have gotten the idea for tunnels of their own. The book then offers several simple historical facts, mentions different types of tunnels, cites three notable contemporary tunnels, and describes a few construction tools and techniques. The text is brief yet clear and includes just enough to send aspiring engineers to more informative books, such as Gail Gibbons' Tunnels (1984). The bold stylized illustrations executed in pure colors are striking but static. Small human figures do appear in a few pictures, but text lines such as "People and all kinds of things people need travel through tunnels in cars and trucks and buses and trains," are illustrated by vehicles with no people in them. This will be welcome where the Gibbons title has been popular, but may be an additional choice for other libraries. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0823413918Linda Perkins

Publisher's Weekly Review

"When people saw how animals tunneled through the ground, they must have thought, What a great idea!" writes Hunter (the pen name for Pamela Greenwood and Elizabeth Macalaster) in the third of Hunter and Miller's engineering-themed books (Into the Sky). What follows is a briskly described and brightly stylized panoply of man-made tunnels. Most of the tunnels have to do with public transportation ("The Chunnel takes you under the English Channel in 19 minutes"), although illicit uses are not overlooked: "Prisoners dug tunnels to escape. Bank robbers dug tunnels, too." Like the text, Miller's illustrations, rendered with a strong graphic sensibility, possess a witty crispness. He keeps details to a minimum, yet the precision of every line and the rich saturation of colors give each full-bleed, double-page spread the visual wallop of a poster‘the Mont Blanc Car Tunnel, for example, becomes tiny black openings at either end of a boulder-like range of purple mountains. Hard-core junior construction buffs may grouse that there's not enough tunnel-building action, but for children just discovering the appeal of engineering, this snappy, appropriately horizontal volume should be right on target. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Children are fascinated by tunnels, and this well-written book on the subject provides much-needed information. Hunter begins with familiar animals that dig tunnels, then proceeds with simple examples of early tunnels that humans constructed: tunnels for water, for secretly entering an enemy's castle under a wall, and for mining. The author introduces existing tunnels that go under rivers and bays, and through mountains, and she also describes a future tunnel that will float across deep waterways. Miller's graphic designs complement the prose. Each structure is well illustrated with a double-page spread, providing simple details that visually explain and expand on the concepts introduced in the text. This is a well-designed book, filled with useful information expressed in a lively style.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.