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Children's LiteratureSnowmelt on a sidewalk wets soil in a crack and a seed sends out its spring roots. From that one sidewalk crack, we move out to meet the web of life in a whole neighborhood. As time passes, earthworms, robins, squirrels, mourning doves, rabbits, bees, butterflies, frogs, snakes, kestrels, goldfinches, and coyotes make homes, look for food, and raise their young—all in a neighborhood similar to yours or mine. Dandelions, thistle, asters, and goldenrod grow and reproduce. We move through the seasons, beginning and ending with that sidewalk snowmelt. The author formats his children's book as a story with illustrated footnotes. Children can enjoy the main story with the large colorful drawings. They can simply read the fun fact footnotes accompanied by smaller black and white illustrations. Or they can really dig in and read all of the information in these 32 pages. This book extends children's definition of "nature" as "forests, mountains, etc." to include their own backyards and neighborhoods. Some of Morrison's other books are Pond, Oak Tree, and Bald Eagle. 2004, Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin Co, Ages 7 to 10.