Cover image for Leaf litter critters / written by Leslie Bulion ; illustrated by Robert Meganck.
Title:
Leaf litter critters / written by Leslie Bulion ; illustrated by Robert Meganck.
ISBN:
9781561459506
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Atlanta : Peachtree, 2018.

©20158
Physical Description:
55 pages: colour illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents:
Litter critters -- Bacteria criteria -- The mighty mushroom is a fun guy -- Three protists -- The rotifer -- Watch out for bears -- nematodes -- Glue peg? Please! I'm a springtail! -- Two mites -- Proturans and diplurans -- Scavenger symphylan -- Night duty -- Not much muscle -- Our friend, the earthworm -- In defense of millipedes -- The pseudoscorpion life -- Centipede attack -- Rove beetle -- A few favorite brown food web kings.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 8-12.

Interest grade level: 4-6.
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1 Bob Harkins Branch 577.3 BUL Book Junior Collection
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Summary

Have fun on this poetic tour through the leaf litter layer and dig into the fascinating facts about the tiny critters who live there.
Nineteen poems in a variety of verse forms with accompanying science notes take readers on a decomposer safari through the "brown food web," from bacteria through tardigrades and on to rove beetle predators with other busy recyclers in-between. Glossary, hands-on investigations, and resources are included in the back matter.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Between soil's grains of weathered rock,/ Beneath its veiny leaves in scraps,/ Amid its ribs of rotting sticks,/ Soil's litter critters find the gaps," begins Bulion's 19-poem exploration of tiny and sometimes microscopic creatures that rarely find themselves the subject of a poem. Among them are comma-size proturans ("We eat debris/ from forest floors,/ like rotting plants/ and fungus spores") and eyelash-length symphylans, fast-moving, omnivorous mini-centipedes that devour everything from "tender rootlets" to "newish dead of any breed,/ Since I'm no fusspot when I feed." Bulion stuffs her poems with scientific detail and puts even more into accompanying "science notes." Meganck's cartoons strike sillier notes (a rat races away from a millipede's stench), balancing all of the information Bulion provides with hefty doses of fun. Ages 8-12. Illustrator's agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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