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Children's LiteratureIt is easy to admire the form and function of a magnificent tree, a delicate flower, or spiky cactus but seldom does anyone marvel at the complex work of the roots. This rhyming picture book goes deep under the earth to explain with simplicity just how amazing roots are. Viewing the garden from above as well as below, it is apparent that different plants have different types of roots, and one can follow the path that water takes through the root and up to the thirsty foliage. The rich oil and acrylic paintings are magnificently rendered. The verse has a few awkward moments, but this small flaw is easily overlooked as the whole has more strength. It is time these unsung heroes get the recognition they deserve. 2005, Northwood, Ages 8 to 12.