Adventures of a Grain of Dust cover

Adventures of a Grain of Dust

Hallam Hawksworth (1863-?)

1. 00 - Just a Word
2. 01 - The Little Old Man of the Rock
3. 02 - Some Early Settlers and Their Bones
4. 03 - The Winds and the World's Work
5. 04 - The Bottom-Lands
6. 05 - What the Earth Owes to the Earthworm
7. 06 - The Little Farmers with Six Feet
8. 07 - Farmers with Four Feet
9. 08 - Water Farmers Who Help Make Land
10. 09 - Farmers Who Wear Feathers
11. 10 - The Busy Fingers of the Roots
12. 11 - The Autumn Stores and the Long Winter Night
13. 12 - The Brotherhood of the Dust

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Summary

This charming book for children is full of interesting facts about all sorts of plants, insects, birds and animals and how they all help to enrich the soil for farmers - each in its own special way. Join our narrator, The Grain of Dust on a fascinating journey around the planet to meet them. "I don't want you to think that I'm boasting, but I do believe I'm one of the greatest travellers that ever was; and if anybody, living or dead, has ever gone through with more than I have I'd like to hear about it. Not that I've personally been in all the places or taken part in all the things I tell in this book—I don't mean to say that—but I do ask you to remember how long it is possible for a grain of dust to last, and how many other far-travelled and much-adventured dust grains it must meet and mix with in the course of its life. ...Finally, if what we call flesh and blood can think and talk, why not a grain of dust? In fact, what is flesh and blood but dust come back to life? Says the poet—and the poets know: 'The very dust that blows along the street Once whispered to its love that life is sweet.' You see it's as likely a thing as could happen—this whole story." Summary by J. M. Smallheer with quotes from the Preface of the book