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The Resource Dirt, by Steve Tomecek ; illustrated by Nancy Woodman

Dirt, by Steve Tomecek ; illustrated by Nancy Woodman

Label
Dirt
Title
Dirt
Statement of responsibility
by Steve Tomecek ; illustrated by Nancy Woodman
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Brief text explores how soil is formed, its layers, and its importance as a natural resource that living things need to survive
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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 --Ellen Heath (Reviewed October 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 10, p152)
  • Lots of neat facts and easy-to-read explanations about dirt (or soil, as the scientists prefer) can be found in this Jump Into Science title for young readers. For example, "Just one square foot of good forest soil can be home to as many as 300,000 different living things." And "Around the world, soil scientists have discovered more than 100,000 different types of soil!" While the text is compelling throughout, the illustrations, with an elaborately costumed, energetic mole and a host of other creatures diving in and out of the soil, can be distracting. Sand (2000), another title illustrated by Woodman, used photographs and art to dramatic effect; this one uses pen and watercolor drawings exclusively. It's hard to make painted dirt look like the real thing. But for the intended audience, those likely to be playing in the topic themselves, there's plenty to think about and they're sure to look more closely (for earthworms, roots, and even dead leaves) as they consider that "dirt made your dinner." Instructions for making and exploring a soil ecosystem in a bottle complete the picture. (Nonfiction. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
200510
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tomecek, Steve
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Woodman, Nancy
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Jump into science
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soils
  • Soil ecology
  • Soils
  • Soil ecology
  • Ecology
Target audience
primary
Label
Dirt, by Steve Tomecek ; illustrated by Nancy Woodman
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
439465
Dimensions
24 x 28 cm.
Extent
31 pages
Isbn
9780792282044
Lccn
2001003069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780792282044
  • (Sirsi) ADH-8844
Label
Dirt, by Steve Tomecek ; illustrated by Nancy Woodman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
439465
Dimensions
24 x 28 cm.
Extent
31 pages
Isbn
9780792282044
Lccn
2001003069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780792282044
  • (Sirsi) ADH-8844

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