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PreS-Gr 1-Bursting with her signature bold color and textured pulp paintings, Fleming's latest tour de force affords an immersion into the backyard world below our feet. Economical and descriptive, the rhythmic text pairs with cross-section illustrations of the myriad creatures that burrow, dig, and tunnel their way underneath the earth's surface. Revealed amid the nests and tunnels, too, are other (and oft amusing) forms of subterranean deposits: seeds, root vegetables, old tools, keys, dog bones. Young readers will spot a connecting narrative arc in the artwork as a young boy helps plant and water a new cherry tree. An illustrated "Creature Identification" index is appended, offering concise information about the underground habits of the wildlife. A first-rate picture book on every level and made-to-order for group sharing, this title reveals the fascinating "squirm-ways and worm-ways" found in the natural world.-Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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It’s not every illustrator who can depict bunnies, moles, and grubs with an almost equal charm, but so Fleming does in this winning, factual look at life down under, from its teeming burrows and furrows to its “squirm-ways and worm-ways.” Simple rhyming text invites readers into the often-ignored realm: “Low down. / Way down. / Under ground. / Creatures dig / and run around.” Full-spread illustrations in Fleming’s pulp-painting style bring the insects and animals of the subterranean world—and the occasional lost tool or toy—to the fore with cutaway views of the complex system of roots, nests, tunnels, and bustling action just below the earth’s surface, including not only the expected chipmunks, earthworms, and ant colonies but also lesser-known cicada nymphs and wolf spiders. Juxtaposing the doings below are aboveground activities centered around a boy and his dog playing, helping to plant a cherry tree, and harvesting vegetables on a sunny day. A “Creature Identification” page adds further value by detailing all of the subsurface critters in the illustrations. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kristen McKulski
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442458828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442458826
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Denise Fleming won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She is the author and illustrator of eighteen picture books, including Buster.

***INTERVIEW***
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Toledo,Ohio, where I live still. I am a midwestern girl.

Q: What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
A: It seems like I was always writing and drawing. I wanted to share my ideas from the beginning. A bit bossy am I.

Q: What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
A: I started collecting picture books in art school. I was crazy about the whole picture book format. I realized, as I was sharing books with my daughter, that making books is what I needed to do.

Q: What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
A: I work in clay, create art from tin cans, and make art dolls. Right now I am working on combining all three media. I also dye and paint fabric for the dolls.
Planting flowers and painting the outside of my house and studio is what I am busy doing right now.

Q: What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
A: Experiment with different styles and media.

*From Macmillan's Denise Fleming page.

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A GREAT book with beautiful illustrations. A must have book for all who teach about nature and what is under the ground.
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Here is a unique and simple picture book with just a few words per page making it perfect for very young readers. Fleming's distinctive dyed paper pulp illustration technique is, of course, a defining element of the style of this book. Worms, moles and other such creatures are featured in this appreciation of underground natural habitats. Pair this with Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin for an unusually wormy storytime!
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My students really liked this book. We read it during our bugs and insects unit, but it really could be used anytime. There are not many words on each page, but there is so much to see. It became a very interactive Circle Time with the students. They could pick things out, make predictions and tell me what they already knew. There is even a little glossary at the back of the book.
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