- Hardcover: 72 pages
- Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing; First Edition edition (May 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761450149
- ISBN-13: 978-0761450146
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,620,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mud Matters Hardcover – May 1, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5AA unique book on the author's personal experiences with mud. Dewey offers good information on quicksand, primordial ooze, adobes, etc., and describes finding a fossilized bone of a Camalops, a sort of prehistoric, humpless camel. Full-color photographs and black-and-white drawings appear throughout. However, the writing gets so bogged down in dialogue that most youngsters will have a difficult time wading through it to get to the facts. Another problem is accessibility. Students researching the Zuni and their Mudheads, the nest-building techniques of wasps, or the Rio Grande will probably not think to look in this book. An appended list of plants and animals named after mud could prove handy, but the glossary, which includes words such as muddle and muddlehead, seems to be of marginal relevance. Students seeking material on the subject should look to Peter Goodwin's Landslides, Slumps, & Creep (Watts, 1997). Mud Matters will find little use in libraries.AAnne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Ms Dewey's book is about having fun with mud. She speaks about the role that mud plays in Native American ceremonies. She recounts her entrepreneurial excursions with medicinal mud, and tells us how people use mud and clay for buildings and art work. The books is full of imagination. For example, she finds fossils of the ever illusive camalope (part camel part antelope) in the mud banks near her home.
In Mud Matters, the author invites the reader to get down and dirty, and to explore the very heart and essence of the land: mud.