Yesterday I saw the first review of the upcoming title, THE DIRT BOOK, illustrated beautifully by Kate Cosgrove (AND THE BULL FROGS SING), edited by Grace Maccarone, and published by Holiday House. So far so good.
Harrison, David L.
The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet
Illustrated by Kate Cosgrove. 2021. 40pp. $18.99. hc. Holiday House. 9780823438617. Grades K-2
With a playful sensibility and expert use of varied patterns of rhythm and rhyme, this collection of 14 poems takes us underground to painlessly learn about the life that burrows beneath our feet. From doodlebugs to worms, chipmunks to tortoises, the dirt-living animal kingdom is covered with additional kid-friendly facts included in notes at the back. Facts include how mice and their progeny can produce thousands of mice in a year, how the gopher tortoise agreeably shares its tunnels with other creatures, including owls, and how a mole can tunnel 15 feet in an hour. Fittingly laid out in a vertical format to take readers deep down into the ground, the full-bleed illustrations showcase gorgeous earth tones sparked with turquoise, yellow, peach, and lavender. Colored pencil has been manipulated digitally to resemble pastels and depicts a charming world aglow with life. Inviting in every way, this book is perfect for units on soil and animal habitats and is every bit as pleasurable for leisure reading. Bibliography. Jan Aldrich Solow, Elementary School Librarian, Retired, Kingston, New York