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A Handful of Dirt
by Raymond Bial (Goodreads Author)
Soil may not be alive, but amazingly, multitudes of microscopic creatures live there, battling it out in an eat-or-be-eaten world. These tiny creatures, invisible to our eyes, provide food for the insects that in turn feed the reptiles and mammals that live in and above the soil. You'll never look at the ground you walk on in the same way after Raymond Bial, an award-winni ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Walker Childrens
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A Handful of Dirt is a picture book for 3rd-5th graders. It features colorful and detailed photographs of dirt, compost, and all of the things that go with them. The book begins with an author’s note about his grandfather and how he taught the author how to compost. This made the study of dirt and compost more personal and interesting. The book then goes on to give the details of what dirt is, how it is made, and the organisms that exist in it. After he describes the organisms he tells the reade ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This book offers a fascinating look at soil. I love the introduction, where the author ties his grandfather's love for gardening to the creation of this book. The photographs are big and colorful and the narrative is detailed, but not overly so. The book could easily be read all at once or broken up. The science of dirt and soil is fascinating and makes us glad that we plant a garden and have a compost bin, doing our part to create more life-giving soil. We really enjoyed reading this book toget ...more
A handful of dirt is an informative children’s book that discusses how soil evolves from rocks into fertile plains and how worn out soils can be revived using compost and soil modifications. This is a great book that could be used in a farming unit for 3rd - 4th graders. With its large pictures, children will quickly become engaged in the book. It also has instructions on how to make compost too. This will be a very informative way to incoroprate literature into the classroom in a cross curricul ...more
Author and photographer Raymond Bial (pronounced beal) has been creating acclaimed books for children and adults for more than thirty years. His books have been published by Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Walker & Company, Marshall Cavendish, Crickhollow Books, and other fine publishers and university presses. Raymond also makes images on assignment, and his stock photographs have been used by ...moreMore about Raymond Bial...