This guide is for parents or teachers to expand on the picture book A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best, illustrated by Christine Davenier. It contains pre-reading questions, Archaeological/Paleontological dig site activity, create an impression fossil activity, create a mineral replacement fossil activity, worm farm activity, "dirt and worm" recipe, make your own garden activity, vocabulary, and printable word search.
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“An exuberant valentine to spring and to gardens in general.” —Kirkus Reviews
In the spring when trees unfreeze and grass grows green and pansies say, “Please plant me!” Nell and her dog, Rusty, can’t wait to dig in dirt just right for digging. But Norman, their neighbor, says “Ewww!” to digging and dirt.
Until Nell and Rusty begin to dig up unexpected treasures: a pretty striped marble, the mini stegosaurus that Nell lost last summer, and most intriguing of all—part of a tiny china doll. Who played with it? Is there more? Norman wonders.
Now, even Norman can’t resist. He rolls up his sleeves, picks up the extra trowel, and starts to dig in his own careful way—in the process discovering all the simple joys of digging, dirt, and the fun of trying something new. Words and pictures brimming with humor and exuberance capture one of the true rites of spring: Hooray for dirty digging!