Dirty Gert

Dirty Gert

eBook - 2013
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Gert loves dirt. She rolls in it, digs in it, even tastes it. Then one day while making mud pies in the rain, Gert becomes reorganized: she grows branches, leaves, and roots. Gert is delighted . . . until camera crews televise her, botanists analyze her, and Hollywood tries to immortalize her. The child is traumatized! But Mom and Dad know what to do to protect their offbeat plant-child. They shoo away the intruders. Told in rhythm and rhyme and illustrated with Tedd Arnold's offbeat yet endearing characters, this story is a humorous testament to individuality and unconditional love.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780823427864
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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BloomFree
Dec 08, 2014

I loved this book. The vocabulary as delineated by sue2138 can be worked around by having the child look closely at the expression and body language of the young girl and especially the worms.

The vocabulary can also be looked at positively as a way for the child to build their vocabulary through story and in context.

Obviously those who are really really grossed out by mud may not enjoy this book but I think it is safe to say that most young and still free spirited children will get a kick out of this story.

Photosynthesis is a concept which children should be able to learn and this story could be the root point in them gaining interest in this process which plants and trees share.

KRockstar10 Aug 14, 2013

This book is like a cutesy illustrated nightmare.

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sue2138
Apr 12, 2013

Love this author, but every page had a very hard vocabulary word (ex. internalize, photosynthesize, traumatize) which stopped the flow of the story as my 6 year old kept saying "what does that mean, Mom?"

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