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Under your feet / written by Dr Jackie Stroud ; RHS author and consultant Dr Marc Redmile-Gordon ; illustrated by Wenjia Tang.

Available copies

  • 0 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J 577.584 STR (Text) 33500013241922 New Checked out 10/01/2020
Detroit Lakes Public Library J 577.584 STR (Text) 33500013241930 New In transit -
Greenbush Public Library j 577.584 STR (Text) 35500006285553 Main Checked out 09/30/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781465490957
  • ISBN: 1465490957
  • Physical Description: 64 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
  • Edition: First American edition
  • Publisher: New York : Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Published in association with the Royal Horticultural Society.
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Why do we need soil? -- Global warming -- The stuff of soil -- Soil horizons -- Soil city -- Shoots and roots -- Growing food -- A worm's work -- Decomposing -- Dry soil -- Soggy soil -- Beautiful boglands -- Sun, wind, and rain -- Awake at night -- Fungus kingdom -- Wonderful worms -- Marvellous moles -- Burrowers -- Spineless invertebrates -- Ant nations -- Tiny life -- Microbes in action -- All that glitters -- Ground around the world -- Soil to sand -- Moon dust -- Can plants grow on Mars? -- Be a soil scientist -- Taking care of soil.
Summary, etc.:
Down where worms wriggle and microbes squirm, there's a whole world waiting to be discovered... Under Your Feet delves beneath the Earth's surface and explores the diverse wonders hidden there. Encounter creatures of the deep and marvel at the mind-boggling size of the humongous fungus - the biggest organism in the world. Learn how one handful of ordinary soil contains more organisms than there are people on Earth, and carry out experiments using dirt from your own back garden. Under Your Feet offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the natural world and soil-dwelling creatures big and small. Bursting with colourful illustrations and photography, this is the perfect book for budding young plant experts, animal fanatics, and geologists, and anyone who is curious about the ground we walk on.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    Whether you dig soil or not, this book gives the scoop on dirt, sand, and the critters that live just beneath our feet. In typical DK style, double-page spreads focus on broad topics with smaller chunks of text highlighting specific information. For instance, "The Stuff of Soil" has a paragraph overview of soil composition; each "ingredient" (minerals, air, water, and organic matter) is then explained in more detail in its own short passage. Other topics include soil horizons (or layers), how soil affects water quality and global warming, soil care, and soil types around the world. Many spreads are also dedicated to soil inhabitants, including worms, moles, ants, and microbes, and the roles they play in soil production. Even more spreads cover unusual aspects of soil, such as bogs, fungi, and growing plants on Mars. While this volume continues DK's commitment to visually pleasing layouts, fans will notice a change: real-life photos of soil components and inhabitants combine with heavily illustrated backgrounds. The overall effect remains engaging for reluctant readers, browsers, and budding soil scientists. Grades 2-5. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Marc Redmile-Gordon is an expert in the crucial link between soil and climate change, and is part of the RHS's science team. His work as a soil scientist focuses on how we can help stop human-driven climate change through improving soil quality.

Jackie Stroud is a soil scientist based at Rothamsted Research, England, one of the oldest agricultural research stations in the world. She is a devoted science communicator, often found out-and-about at events or in the media talking about the importance of healthy soil for farming. She pioneered World Worm Week, which raises awareness of the importance of worms in the soil ecosystem.

Wenjia Tang was born in China, and moved to the US when she was 15. She graduated from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in 2017 and now lives in New York. She describes herself as an animal lover, and her previous work includes creating all the artwork for the educational app Mammals. Wenjia's artistic style is influenced by printmaking. Her work can be found on her website and her Instagram @wtangart.

Subject: Underground areas > Children's nonfiction.
Underground ecology > Children's nonfiction.
Earth sciences > Children's nonfiction.
Animals > Habitations > Children's nonfiction.
Burrowing animals > Children's nonfiction.
Soils > Children's nonfiction.
Genre: Junior literature.

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