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How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World Paperback – March 28, 1990

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"An extraordinary book."--" The New York Times""This will delight any reader who has a sense of whimsy and a bent for adventure."--" Scientific American"

About the Author

Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.

When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.

Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Harper Trophy ed. edition (March 28, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064432181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064432184
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katerina Canyon on February 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had an eight-year old girl that I tutor in reading comprehension read this book, and she loved it. This book is an interesting guide on how a child would go about digging a hole to the other side of the world.
I remember as a child tryng to dig a hole to the other side of the world. It made me wish that I had read this book as a child. It would have sent my imagination reeling.
This book is highly educational, as well. The child learns about geysers and other things she would encounter while taking on such an endeavor. I was worried that the girl who read this would have a difficult time remembering the elements of the story because it had so many scientific facts in it, but she didn't have a problem at all.
It's a very good book indeed.
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Great book on an interesting topic. Children will learn about the earth's layers: topsoil, granite, basalt, steam, magma and mantle. Very readable; recommended for grades 1-5. Children can relate to this book--what child has not imagined "digging their way to China" at some point? Nicely illustrated.
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The day this book arrived, my daughter read it on her own cover to cover. It opened up a great dialogue regarding the composition of the Earth. I sometimes have trouble getting her to read regular science books, but this one made it fun to learn about geology and geography.
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This was my favorite book when I was 7,8, and 9 years old, back in the early 1990s. I read it countless times, so much so that my mother had to reinforce the binding with postage tape. It fueled endless daydreams. The author/illustrator team do an excellent job lending a tantalizing plausibility to the idea of digging through the planet. One of my favorite drawings was a blueprint of the character's subterranean digging machine, which I really intended to build some day. The details in the illustrations are very rich: the lighting effects give a real sense of heat, the rocks have tangible textures, and one drawing in particular -- showing a dug shaft surrounded by gems and dinosaur bones -- made me look at my own backyard as a teeming, subterranean treasure chest. As a very appreciative former member of the target audience, I give this book my highest recommendation!
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I came to this by looking for more McNulty titles after enjoying the more recent 'If you decide to go to the moon' which I also reviewed. This copy is second-hand and I have no way of playing the accompanying audio tape! The story is not dated - I'm sure 'Journey to the centre of the Earth' will not date. This is intended for, I think, 5 -8ish year olds, but my 3-year old loves it, despite having no concept of time, distance, temperature, pressure, the sheer impossibility of digging a hole that deep (and narrow!), or many of the other concepts (quick visits to Google Video or similar help to explain 'geyser', 'lava', 'volcano' etc). A children's book adults will enjoy re-reading.
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My 4 and 6 yr old LOVE this book! It's full of adventure and facts about the layers of the earth. I highly recommend it (my kids do too)!!!
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As a child my son enjoyed this book for years! We would read it and he would immediately go outside and start digging. We reserved a corner of the yard just for his digging where he and various neighbor friends would dig for oil, water, dinosaur bones (planting chicken bones into the dirt). At one point the hole was nearly 3 feet deep and was made into a prehistoric "mud hole" or filled with rocks as their imaginations led them deeper and deeper into the earth. That all educational books should so ignite an excitement for learning and discovery. I'm waiting anxiously for this book to arrive and can hardly wait to see the creative excitement in my 5 year old grandson and his sister. I wish I could find another favorite book about a pine tree seed that fell into a small crack of a barren rock and how the tree took root, spread the crack, which caught more dirt and water, spread the crack further, etc. That was another well-worn library book that absolutely fascinated the kids and ME!
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This is a fantastic book that my kids all love. The story is entertaining for my three kids (ages 2, 4, and 6, two girls and one boy), and there are enough facts in the story that my six-year-old loves reading and re-reading it. This is a great addition to any child's library.
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