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Title:
Dirt
Author:
Tomecek, Steve.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm.
Summary:
Brief text explores how soil is formed, its layers, and its importance as a natural resource that living things need to survive.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 64963.
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ISBN:
9780792282044
Format :
Book

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Young readers get down in the dirt with a friendly star-nosed mole as he shows off the different parts of his garden and some amazing creatures who live in the dirt. During this exciting tour, children discover what soil is, how it is formed, and why this substance is vital to plants, animals, and humans. Colorful art and simple text show how the soil that plants grow in differs from the soil that building foundations sit in, and help youngsters understand hwy this precious resource must be conserved.


Author Notes

Steve Tomecek , the executive director and founder of Science Plus, Inc., is the author of more than 45 books, including Dirtmeister's Nitty Gritty Planet Earth and several Jump into Science titles. He was the winner of the 1996 American Institute of Physics Excellence in Science Writing Award. Tomecek has served as the associate director of the Science Museum of Long Island and as the science program supervisor for the New York Hall of Science. He has written for and developed websites for Los Alamos National Labs, Scholastic, and Discovery. Tomecek lives in Bellerose, New York.

Nancy Woodman is a children's book author and illustrator. She has worked on Sea-Fari Deep and the Jump into Science books Dirt , Volcano! , and Sand , a Parents' Choice winner for 2001. Woodman is also the cocreator of Worm Vue Wonders, an educational product about the role of earthworms in soil. She lives in Poulsbo, Washington. To learn more, visit nanneroo.com.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Sprightly illustrations featuring a mole sporting a cheerful wardrobe of play clothes brighten a straightforward text about the formation and importance of soil. Brief chapters explain what it's made of, what lives in it, and its layers and uses. The art is similar in style to that in Ellen J. Prager's Sand (National Geographic, 2000), also illustrated by Woodman. Each spread is surrounded by an earthy-brown border, and the watercolor pictures clarify the scientific concepts. Lighthearted touches such as a frog holding an umbrella and a mole joyfully tossing fall leaves appear throughout. Scientific accuracy and clarity of writing predominate, with one possible exception-soil layers are most frequently formed from the top down by water passing through rather than by layering from the bottom up, as indicated in the text. A quick, pleasant introduction to earth science.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.