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Peeking Under the City
This title covers these subjects: Engineering., Underground architecture., Land use.
Peeking Under the City
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Peeking Under the City

by Esther Porter
Illustrated by Andrés Lozano

Tap into kids' natural curiosity by pulling back the curtain on the below-ground workings of a typical big city. High-density, fun-to-explore illustrations and inviting text showcase water and sewer systems, transport lines and more.

Reading LevelGrades PreK-3
Interest LevelGrades PreK-3
Lexile Level610L
ATOS Level3.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #179775
Text TypeInformational Text
Text SubtypeSequence
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions9 1/4" x 10 1/4"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $29.99 School/Library Price

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School Library Journal - John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, NYC

"These “peeks” take a system-by-system approach to their subjects—pairing informal but pleasantly specific commentary to cartoon-style cutaways and diagrams. Though the illustrations are not consistently to scale, in all but Hood they are formatted sideways for an effective sense of depth. . . .the overall level and accuracy of detail make the series a worthy addition. Good additional choices for science collections." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2016

Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

"A direct-address text with short sentences and not-too-challenging vocabulary takes readers on an underground tour to introduce civil-engineering technologies, from underground power cables and subways to church crypts and skyscraper foundations. Oriented sideways, the uncluttered spreads include helpful illustrations, diagrams, insets, cross-sections, and “Did You Know?” sidebars." - Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

January 23, 2017

Booklist - Carolyn Phelan

"Designed to be turned sideways to be read, the book provides plenty of vertical space for intriguing cross sections showing services and structures underground. . . .the digital illustrations are highly engaging. Nicely composed, they help children to visualize what’s happening at different levels, showing utilities near the surface, and tunnels deeper down. From unusual perspectives to kid-friendly details, this book offers an appealing view of what lies beneath our feet." - Booklist

April 1, 2016

Esther Porter

Esther Porter

Esther Porter grew up in North Dakota, where she and her best friend had enough small animals to open a zoo. She is the author of a number of science-y books including What's Sprouting in My Trash? A Book about Composting and Sun Power: A Book about Renewable Energy. Her only animals now are Chopstick the angry cat, Georgie the confused cat, and Samantha Turkey Porter the slobbery pup.

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