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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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