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Carl and the meaning of life / Deborah Freedman.

Freedman, Deborah (Deborah Jane), 1960- author, artist. (Author).
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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library E F (Text) 33500013052436 New Available -
Fertile Public Library E F (Text) 33500013052444 New Checked out 08/08/2019

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  • ISBN: 9780451474988
  • ISBN: 0451474988
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking Books for Young Readers, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: When a field mouse asks Carl the earthworm why he tunnels through the dirt, Carl doesn't have an answer, so he sets off to find out.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 March #2
    *Starred Review* Carl the earthworm spends his days burrowing underground, eating hard dirt, and turning it into fluffy soil. But when a field mouse asks him why he does this, Carl is stumped and sets off to find out. The tiny pink annelid crawls through the grass and makes inquiries among a variety of animals. A rabbit reveals she lives for her babies, but child-free Carl knows that can't be his raison d'être. Next, he approaches a fox, whose purpose is to hunt, and then a squirrel, whose nutty habits cause trees to grow. Yet no one knows the meaning behind Carl's subterranean activities. As he continues his journey, the neglected ground around his home turns hard and uninhabitable. Returning to this barren landscape, Carl finally understands how he fits into the bigger picture, and he happily gets to work converting the dirt into rich soil. Freedman demonstrates how one tiny creature can make a big difference and is an important part of an ecosystem. Her simple storytelling is supported by fabulous illustrations, created with watercolor and pencil, that cut away to show Carl underground—the text following his undulating path. Vibrant greens and softly rendered animals populate the surface terrain, upon which Carl appears as an adorable squiggle. This spare but endearing story will help youngsters understand the wonder and interconnectedness of nature. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Deborah Freedman ( is a trained architect who now works as an author/illustrator. She is the author of This House, Once, Shy, By Mouse and Frog, The Story of Fish and Snail, Blue Chicken, and Scribble.

Subject: Earthworms > Juvenile fiction.
Animals > Juvenile fiction.
Biotic communities > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Picture books.
Children's stories > Pictorial works.
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