underGROUND

By: Denise Fleming

Down, way down, underground, find “squirm-ways” and “worm-ways,” roots and bones, and creatures as varied as cicada nymphs and foxes. Creature identification and information. Full-color illustrations created by a papermaking technique using colored fiber poured through hand-cut stencils. Pastel-pencil and copy-transfer accents.

ISBN: 9781442458826

JLG Release: Dec 2012


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Stories in rhyme , Burrowing animals , Animals , Underground spaces , Animal behaviors

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Awards & Honors

2013 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Bursting with her signature bold color and textured pulp paintings, Fleming’s latest tour de force affords an immersion into the backyard world below our feet. Economical and descriptive, the rhythmic text pairs with cross-section illustrations of the myriad creatures that burrow, dig, and funnel their way underneath the earth’s surface Bursting with her signature bold color and textured pulp paintings, Fleming’s latest tour de force affords an immersion into the backyard world below our feet. Economical and descriptive, the rhythmic text pairs with cross-section illustrations of the myriad creatures that burrow, dig, and funnel their way underneath the earth’s surface. Revealed amid the nests and tunnels, too, are other (and oft amusing) forms of subterranean deposits: seeds, root vegetables, old tools, keys, dog bones. Young readers will spot a connecting narrative arc in the artwork as a young boy helps plant and water a new cherry tree. An illustrated “Creature Identification” index is appended, offering concise information about the underground habits of the wildlife. A first-rate picture book on every level and made-to-order for group sharing, this title reveals the fascinating “squirm-ways and worm-ways” found in the natural world.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

Horn Book

Fleming invites youngsters to observe underground creatures, large and small, as well as their tunnels, burrows, food sources, and activities. The story begins with a robin, high in a tree, swooping down to catch a tasty worm. Double-page spreads then show cross-sections of a garden, both above and below ground—in addition to the busy place a Fleming invites youngsters to observe underground creatures, large and small, as well as their tunnels, burrows, food sources, and activities. The story begins with a robin, high in a tree, swooping down to catch a tasty worm. Double-page spreads then show cross-sections of a garden, both above and below ground—in addition to the busy place at the surface where the two intersect. Fleming’s rhyming text is spare (“Low down. / Way down. / Under ground. / Creatures dig / and run around”) and occasionally elliptical; while the few words on the pages may compel readers to flip quickly through the book, the gorgeous images invite lingering contemplation. Fleming’s pulp-painting collage illustrations are rich with texture and color: soft green leaves, fuzzy white roots, and grainy brown soil. The pages hum with life and activity. Mammals, plants, insects, and rodents are all featured, with each growing and moving; there’s not a still moment in the book (or in the natural setting) to be found. An appended “Creature Identification” spread shows thumbnails of a selection of the animals (not all of them are included) along with brief paragraphs about how they use underground space. Kids who spend time with this book will want to get their hands dirty to investigate for themselves what life is like for these fascinating underground creatures.

Book Details

ISBN

9781442458826

First Release

December 2012

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 290L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Beach Lane

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Stories in rhyme, Burrowing animals, Animals, Underground spaces, Animal behaviors,

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