The Street Beneath My Feet

Written by Charlotte Guillain, Illustrated by Yuval Zommer

This double-sided foldout book takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the other side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the countryside. The scenes in the book, by the widely acclaimed illustrator Yuval Zommer, are continuous, so contrasting underground sections, from tunnels and pipes to burrowing creatures, layers of rock to the planet’s molten core, run seamlessly into the next. Mixing urban and rural settings, as well as Geology, Archaeology and Natural History, The Street Beneath My Feet offers children the opportunity to explore their world in a detailed learning experience. And its fold-out, ‘Laperello’ style, which extends to 2.5 metres in length, is great fun to spread out on the floor and really get involved!

I am not a fan of pop-up or fold out books for the library, but I loved this book. It is a great interactive nonfiction book that fits great with earth science curriculum. The pages make one long continuous picture and it can be read multiple ways. There is so much to learn just by looking at the pictures.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-6

The Street Beneath My Feet
Written by Charlotte Guillain, Illustrated by Yuval Zommer
Words & Pictures, part of the Quarto Group
Release Date: March 1, 2017

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