Dig a Tunnel

Dig a Tunnel

by Ryan Ann Hunter, Edward Miller
     
 

Tunnels take people to all kinds of places: deep into the earth to look for gold and other treasures, right through huge mountains, and under rivers and bays. Tunnels like the Chunnel that goes under the English Channel take people from one country to another. Soon tunnels that float will take people right through bodies of water. With bold pictures and lively words,… See more details below

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Tunnels take people to all kinds of places: deep into the earth to look for gold and other treasures, right through huge mountains, and under rivers and bays. Tunnels like the Chunnel that goes under the English Channel take people from one country to another. Soon tunnels that float will take people right through bodies of water. With bold pictures and lively words, this book tells about the busy underground and underwater world of tunnels.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"When people saw how animals tunneled through the ground, they must have thought, What a great idea!" writes Hunter (the pen name for Pamela Greenwood and Elizabeth Macalaster) in the third of Hunter and Miller's engineering-themed books (Into the Sky). What follows is a briskly described and brightly stylized panoply of man-made tunnels. Most of the tunnels have to do with public transportation ("The Chunnel takes you under the English Channel in 19 minutes"), although illicit uses are not overlooked: "Prisoners dug tunnels to escape. Bank robbers dug tunnels, too." Like the text, Miller's illustrations, rendered with a strong graphic sensibility, possess a witty crispness. He keeps details to a minimum, yet the precision of every line and the rich saturation of colors give each full-bleed, double-page spread the visual wallop of a poster--the Mont Blanc Car Tunnel, for example, becomes tiny black openings at either end of a boulder-like range of purple mountains. Hard-core junior construction buffs may grouse that there's not enough tunnel-building action, but for children just discovering the appeal of engineering, this snappy, appropriately horizontal volume should be right on target. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Jacki Vawter
Beginning with the tunnel digging of animals and insects, this easy information book examines human tunnel digging ventures and ends with future tunnel digging plans for our world. Important tunnels of the world are identified, such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the English Channel Chunnel, and the Mont Blanc Car Tunnel in Europe. Interesting facts are presented about tunnel shapes, tools, and how tunnels meet in the middle. The reader will learn that a train from New York to Los Angeles will go through 65 mountain tunnels. The illustrations are colorful and crisp with no extraneous details. It is commendable that a warning is posted in the front matter cautioning the reader about digging a tunnel, which can be extremely dangerous, because they sometimes collapse.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Children are fascinated by tunnels, and this well-written book on the subject provides much-needed information. Hunter begins with familiar animals that dig tunnels, then proceeds with simple examples of early tunnels that humans constructed: tunnels for water, for secretly entering an enemy's castle under a wall, and for mining. The author introduces existing tunnels that go under rivers and bays, and through mountains, and she also describes a future tunnel that will float across deep waterways. Miller's graphic designs complement the prose. Each structure is well illustrated with a double-page spread, providing simple details that visually explain and expand on the concepts introduced in the text. This is a well-designed book, filled with useful information expressed in a lively style.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Kirkus Reviews
From the tunnels of ants to the Chunnel connecting England with France, this lively tour of constructed tunnels highlights their variety as it explores their uses and manufacture. Hunter (Into the Sky, 1998, etc.) urges readers along, sprinkling a compact text with entertaining facts-"If you take a train from New York to Los Angeles, you'll go through 65 mountain tunnels"-and asides. Miller's cross-sectional illustrations are rendered with solid colors, long, straight lines, and sharp color boundaries, for an orderly, layered look that conveys plenty of activity without seeming cluttered. Younger fans of the wheeled vehicles that are visible here in profusion will want repeat readings. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7) .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823413911
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.83(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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