Monday, February 16, 2009

The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart

In The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart takes us on a journey through the underground world and introduces us to one of its most amazing denizens. The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. It ploughs the soil, fights plant diseases, cleans up pollution, and turns ordinary dirt into fertile land. Who knew?

In her witty, offbeat style, Stewart shows that much depends on the actions of the lowly worm. Charles Darwin devoted his last years to the meticulous study of these creatures, praising their remarkable abilities. With the august scientist as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the worms' subterranean realm, talks to oligochaetologists - the unsung heroes of earthworm science - who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. From the legendary giant Australian worm that stretches to ten feet in length to the modest nightcrawler that wormed its way into Darwin's last book to the energetic red wrigglers in Stewart's compost bin, The Earth Moved gives worms their due and exposes their hidden and extraordinary universe. This book is for all of us who appreciate Mother Nature's creatures, no matter how humble.

This was a cute little book. Interesting and informative, and remarkable not sleep inducing! The author had a great voice and definite love of the subject that really came across.

There were great sections on everything from worm intelligence, Darwin's study of worms, vermicomposting, worm farming, using worms in sewage treatment, and invasive worms. This was certainly the A to Z of worm information!

This one gets eight stars for the wealth of information presented in such a readable way. It will definitely make me take another look into vermicomposting!

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆


Alison Kerr said...

This sounds very interesting. I will have to check my local library for it. If I write a review I will credit you for bringing it to my attention.

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