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Adult/High School-In this fascinating book, readers are taken on a journey underground to see the impact worms have on humans and on our planet. Referring often to Charles Darwin's The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Action of Worms, with Observations of Their Habits, Stewart educates on the vital role these creatures play in growing crops, how they can neutralize the effects of nuclear waste on soil, and their ability to regenerate new body parts. An avid gardener, the author begins with the worms crawling through her own backyard before visiting them in such destinations as an endangered redwood forest in California, a sewage-treatment plant in San Francisco, a nature preserve in Minnesota, and The Giant Worm Museum in Australia (which is shaped like a 325-foot-long worm). A book that's as enlightening as it is entertaining.-James O. Cahill, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Following in the muddy footsteps of Charles Darwin, who provided the inspiration for her work, garden writer Stewart eagerly (and literally) digs up the dirt on earthworms. She's obviously done her homework and in sharing her knowledge conveys a real enthusiasm about her subject. Interviews with scientists as well as anecdotes about Darwin and present-day worm farmers are delivered in an easy, chatty style. Unfortunately, there is not enough hard science for someone wishing to do serious research (Stewart mixes in a lot of musings about her own garden, although she does provide a bibliography and an extensive list of worm-related newsletters and web sites) and yet too much detail for the average person who likes to putter in the backyard garden. The appeal of Stewart's book, even though it's well done, is probably limited to larger collections with a budget for popular science titles.-Denise Hamilton, Heritage Christian Sch., Rindge, NH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

-You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible- --The New York Times "You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible" --The New York Times "An admirable portrait of that tireless ploughman: the earthworm...A nifty piece of natural history. Earthworms of the world can stand a little taller." --Kirkus Reviews " An admirable portrait of that tireless ploughman: the earthworm...A nifty piece of natural history. Earthworms of the world can stand a little taller." -- Kirkus Reviews " You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible" -- The New York Times

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