Today is Earth Day, so I wanted to take some time to review a children's book that I stumbled upon last week at the library that is perfect for this day. It's called Dirt: Jump Into Science by Steve Tomecek. This book is filled with detailed information about, well, dirt. It gets into how dirt is formed, different types of soil, the layers of soil in the ground and the animals that live in the dirt.
I especially liked how Tomecek explained the importance of soil to plants, animals and humans. He talks about the uses of different types of soil, how some are good for growing plants while others are better for serving as foundations for buildings. Yet all of this information is presented in straight-forward way that young elementary age kids can understand ~ my 5 year old really enjoyed this book and we both learned a lot about dirt.
Nancy Woodman's illustrations are a wonderful complement to Tomecek's story, with a little mole taking kids on a tour of the Earth's rich soil. She adds fun illustrations that still show the facts, including the layers of soil and the different animals that live there.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to teach kids about soil in general or about the importance of soil conservation. There's a wealth of educational information but kids will have a lot of fun learning!
This review was written based on a copy of Dirt: Jump Into Science that I borrowed from the library.