Under Your Feet... Soil, Sand and Everything Underground

DK. Apr. 2020. 64p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781465490957.
K-Gr 3–Reminiscent of The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer, Stroud’s book explores soil, burrowing creatures, climate change, and other topics related to the natural world. The text details the many ways soil impacts plant and animal life, the food humans eat, global warming, and more. Stroud and Royal Horticultural Society author and consultant Redmile-Gordon provide several ideas for hands-on activities. Though the book is certainly eye-catching, with a beautiful blend of illustration and photography as well as an engaging design, the pages are quite busy. The numerous spot illustrations and blurbs of text on every spread compete for readers’ attention and contribute to a somewhat chaotic reading experience. The authors favor quantity over depth of information, often rushing from one topic to the next. While a brief foray into moon dust and Martian soil allows for an interesting point of comparison, segments like this feel a bit out of focus. Still, readers who spend time with this book will extract a wealth of well-researched knowledge and could be encouraged to explore other comprehensive books on geology. A glossary and an index are included in the back matter.
VERDICT Though it is perhaps overly ambitious in the amount of information it attempts to offer, this book can be a starting point for readers to explore the world beneath the Earth’s surface. A good choice for general purchase.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


Community matters. Stay up to date on breaking news, trends, reviews, and more.

Get access to 6000+ annual reviews of books, databases, and more

As low as $12/month