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Patricia Broderick. . .Whether we're looking for a solid language arts experience, an exciting view of the denizens around a rock, or just a good read for our kids, this book fits the bill.
—Teaching K-8 Magazine
Posted June 8, 2009
Did your mother ever tell you, when you came into the house all dirty, that you looked as if you had crawled out from under a rock? What does live under a rock anyway? The fact is that underneath a rock in your backyard there is a habitat for all kinds of interesting creatures, such as earthworms, ants, spiders, beetles, crickets, millipedes, and slugs, each of which plays a very important part in nature's cycle of life. Be honest--have you never peeked under a rock to see what was there? Author Anthony D. Fredericks is a nature explorer from way back and a former classroom teacher who has written over twenty children's books, including several in a series on animal communities for Dawn Publicatons.
The rhythmic text, reminiscent of "The old lady who swallowed the fly" or "The house that Jack built," with just enough repetition to make it fun reading for children, along with Jennifer DiRubbio's engaging illustrations from a close-up perspective, will send kids outdoors to start looking under rocks and exploring nature. In addition, the back of the book contains two pages of "Field Notes" with further information and a fantastic fact about each of the species mentioned in the story. There is also page of "How to Learn More" with resources for digging deeper into ecology. Under One Rock has won several awards, including the Izaac Walton League Book of the Year. Any child who enjoys studying about nature will really like this book.
Posted July 6, 2010
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