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Stephen M. Tomecek (a.k.a. "The Dirtmeister®") is the Executive Director and founder of Science Plus, Inc. Steve began his professional career as a geologist (yes, he's a real scientist!). The title "Dirtmeister" was hung on him over 20 years ago by his students at the New York Botanical Gardens where he taught courses in soil science. He served as the Associate Director for the Science Museum of Long Island and as the Science Program Supervisor for the New York Hall of Science. He currently serves as a writer and science consultant for the National Geographic Society, Scholastic, Inc, and Chelsea House. In the past he has written and has helped to develop web sites for Discovery Communications, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Los Alamos Labs. Steve has written over 45 nonfiction books for both teachers and kids.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jump Into Science
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 1 edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781426300899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426300899
  • ASIN: 1426300891
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a creative look at soils and dirt -- a seemingly mundane topic that is made enjoyable through the text and illustrations in this book. The information is presented so clearly -- even very young children can listen, look at the pictures, and understand the concepts. Older children can get excited to learn the information for themselves. There is a soil stratification project at the back of the book. There is also a bit of a cautionary statement that soil can be lost and should be conserved.

Almost every county in America has a soil conservation office with incredibly interesting information available to the public -- your little scientist might be amazed.

If you are getting a backyard composter or planting a garden, this is a fun book to tie in.
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By misskris on February 28, 2014
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I bought this to teach first and second graders. Gives lots of good information without getting too complicated and technological.
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Though a children's picture book, I feel, even as an adult, there wa
s lots to learn from this excellent book!
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My son is not quite four and as engaging as I tried to make this book and as much as he enjoys reading with me in general, could not get into this one. I think some of the concepts were a bit above him. He announced "I hate this book" when we were on the last couple of pages and I gave up (he's never said that to me before!) I think at age five, especially if we spend some time working in the dirt, he may come to enjoy this book. But not yet. Not remotely.
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The book is a winner when teaching children about soil.
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By Amy W. on October 21, 2013
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Our youth that received it said it was very easy to understand, read, and taught them a thing or 2 about soil. The company that sponsored that book said the same.
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I used this in my classroom with several activities to explain the importance of soil in our world. great book for this. easy to understand.
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