Hidden under the Ground: The World Beneath Your Feet

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Come visit the exciting world beneath our feet, where trains run, pipes flow, and machines hum, as well as where mysterious creatures are thought to have dwelled. Follow people throughout the ages as they navigate underground caverns, excavate ancient tombs, build elaborate cable systems—and much more. Peter Kent’s historically accurate artwork reveals cross sections of various subterranean scenes in intricate and entertaining detail. With objects and creatures to find on almost every fact-filled page, and ...
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Overview

Come visit the exciting world beneath our feet, where trains run, pipes flow, and machines hum, as well as where mysterious creatures are thought to have dwelled. Follow people throughout the ages as they navigate underground caverns, excavate ancient tombs, build elaborate cable systems—and much more. Peter Kent’s historically accurate artwork reveals cross sections of various subterranean scenes in intricate and entertaining detail. With objects and creatures to find on almost every fact-filled page, and colorful sidebars containing fascinating bits of information, this book will delight any young reader who has ever wondered about the world hidden under the ground.
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Editorial Reviews

Scientific American
Most of [the] drawings are not of specific places but are meant to reflect the typical. . . .an attractive book for mid-grade readers.
Children's Literature - Wendy Pollock-Gilson
Have you ever wondered what lies underground? This informational book with detailed drawings and fact-filled pages focuses primarily on man-made underground spaces. The Egyptian subterranean tombs, Roman catacombs, and castle dungeons are intriguing, as are the brief stories about who was buried and/or imprisoned in their spaces. People traveling and living underground are depicted in intricate and entertaining detail. For children who prefer nonfiction, this picture book with its full page illustrations and brief explanations will keep them intrigued.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This easily read and highly pictorial work on a variety of underground landscapes suffers from a flaw common to many foreign imports when it comes to animal life. Similar-looking species may have widely divergent lifestyles when an ocean intervenes. The segment on the "Animal Underworld" depicts a colony of European rabbits (Oryctolagus) living in a communal burrow, or warren, and Eurasian badgers (Meles) in a clannish tunnel system called a sett. American badgers (Taxidea) are loners except during the mating season, and most American rabbits (Sylvilagus) live their entire lives above ground. Aside from that problematical display, Kent's cartoon drawings are appealing and informative and contain Waldoesque elements of searching for rats in a dungeon and enumerating the kings, queens, and knights in a Medieval European vision of hell. Sidebars present extra information on such topics as "Grave Facts" and "Safety in Shelters" (where there is a caption error). While certainly fun to peruse and aimed at a much younger audience than Christie McFall's straightforward America Underground (Cobblehill, 1992; o.p.) and David Macaulay's more tightly focused, top-notch Underground (Houghton, 1976), the variances in the section on subterranean animal life and such overly simplified statements as cave creatures are "...blind because there is no light, so they don't need eyes..." should give one pause.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Scientific American
Most of [the] drawings are not of specific places but are meant to reflect the typical. . . .an attractive book for mid-grade readers.
Kirkus Reviews
This quick tour of subterranean spaces—caves to badger setts, sewers to subways—features simplified cross-sections scattered with rocks, tree roots, bones, rubbish, small cartoon figures, and captions of one or two sentences. To give readers a little context for what they're seeing, Kent (Go to Jail!) heads each topical spread ("Homes," "The Street Beneath Our Feet," etc.) with a paragraph of introductory remarks, and includes diverting historical anecdotes in sidebars. Although the sewers and dungeons depicted are suspiciously clean and well-lighted, children who find the art of Stephen Biesty too busy to follow will enjoy these more orderly visual excursions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525675525
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/31/1998
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.78 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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