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Dirty Gert
by Tedd Arnold
Tedd Arnold, Illustrator

Reinforced | 40 pages | 10 x 9 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823424047 | 01-15-2013

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Rhyme & Alliteration, Humor, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: A, C, K*, LMC, PW, R*

CCSS Codes:
1: RL.2, 7
2: RL.3, 4

About the Book

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.


★"A sweet little ragamuffin, by nature and nurture, is drawn to dirt. . . . A wonderful sense of protectiveness and appreciation pervades this story, speaking directly to the marvels that life has in store. . . . The text arrives in somewhat furtive couplets, spinning out rhymes to '-izer' with effortless abandon. It's as delightful as Arnold's bold, comical artwork which is full of brimming, grimy presence.

"Vegans, locavores, farm-to-table enthusiasts, take note—Gert is as organic as they come and a genuine delectation, worms and all."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


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