What has no eyes, but can see? No ears, but can hear? No legs, but can still travel quite easily? Give up? The answer's an earthworm. You barely hear them, and rarely see them, but earthworms are amo
What has no eyes, but can see? No ears, but can hear? No legs, but can still travel quite easily? Give up? The answer's an earthworm. You barely hear them, and rarely see them, but earthworms are among the most important creatures on the planet.
They may seem like just more creepy crawlies, but without earthworms working hard on our dirt, we'd have a very difficult time growing our flowers, our trees, and even our food.
Filled with interesting, easy-to-understand facts, Lowdown on Earthworms is the perfect introduction to these unsung heroes.
From the myth that cutting a worm in half will create two worms, to their unique reproductive capabilities, all the need-to-know facts are here.
Author Norma Dixon also provides her readers with several projects and activities to better acquaint us with earthworms and all the great work they do. Children can make a worm-watching terrarium, a worm composter, and even a worm-listening device of their own.
First in a series of nature books that will include mollusks and flies.
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"A superb introduction to this largely unseen creature which plays such a vital role in improving the globe's soils. . . An excellent independent read or classroom resource.
— CM Magazine
"An appealingly enthusiastic approach to biology that just about every reader will be able to participate in."
— Kirkus Reviews
"A useful addition to libraries."
— School Library Journal
"A fascinating look at an unsung hero of the planet - Kids aged five and up will love the photos."
— Today's Parent
"A quite interesting read... This is well written, clear, and well illustrated."
— Hi-Rise Newspaper
"Well-grounded in fact, and crawling with project ideas, this title takes youngsters in the footsteps of Charles Darwin."
— Star Phoenix, Saskatoon
"This book is a well-written, lively account of organisms burrowing through the underground."
— Science Books and Film magazine
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Finalist - 2006 Foreword Magazine
- Juvenile Non-Fiction category
Shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award
Red Cedar Book Award nominee 2007-2008
Finalist - 2007 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
- Hands-on Science/Activity Book category
Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award shortlist
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1: HUMBLE HEROES
No Earthworms, No Pyramids
Take a Field Trip
Chapter 2: EARTHWORM I.D.
Ring Around the Worms
An Earthworm? Not!
The Worm Family
Chapter 3: MAKE A WORMERY
Please, Release Me!
Chapter 4: OUTSIDE BODY PARTS
Heads or Tails?
No Heads, No Tails
In the Skin of a Worm
Chapter 5: INSIDE BODY PARTS
Brain and Nerves
Hearts and Blood
Diet and Digestion
Moving Right Along
Chapter 6: LIFE IN THE BURROWS
Home is Where the Food Is
Enemies Above and Below
Chapter 7: A WORM'S WORLD
Earthworms At Work
Chapter 8: MAKE A WORM COMPOSTING BIN
Feeding the Worms
Harvesting the Compost
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has worked as an ad writer, proofreader, and children's guide at local tourist sites, but now devotes her time to her writing. She is now researching the lowdown on mollusks. Norma lives in Vancouver, BC, where she sees an abundance of earthworms.