Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? Twenty-one short poems of one or two stanzas provide insight and perhaps even “…knowledge / touched by grace” regarding what exists beneath our everyday world. Among the wide variety of “under” things included are cellars, underground plants and animals, subways, roots, fossils, magma, and caves. Two friends, a black girl and white boy, appear in most of the scenes, and the illustrations work well to clarify the diverse concepts. A page of notes at the end provides additional insights, some scientific and some personal, into the meanings of the poems.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to elementary teachers to use as an introduction to poetry for first or second grade students.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with other poetry books in 811.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 6/4/17