The Adventures of a Grain of Dust

Read by J. M. Smallheer

(4.3 stars; 10 reviews)

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 (5 hr 9 min)


00 - Just a Word 2:46 Read by J. M. Smallheer
01 - The Little Old Man of the Rock 23:35 Read by J. M. Smallheer
02 - Some Early Settlers and Their Bones 22:24 Read by J. M. Smallheer
03 - The Winds and the World's Work 24:04 Read by J. M. Smallheer
04 - The Bottom-Lands 23:54 Read by J. M. Smallheer
05 - What the Earth Owes to the Earthworm 22:41 Read by J. M. Smallheer
06 - The Little Farmers with Six Feet 27:24 Read by J. M. Smallheer
07 - Farmers with Four Feet 29:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
08 - Water Farmers Who Help Make Land 29:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
09 - Farmers Who Wear Feathers 32:41 Read by J. M. Smallheer
10 - The Busy Fingers of the Roots 22:02 Read by J. M. Smallheer
11 - The Autumn Stores and the Long Winter Night 24:17 Read by J. M. Smallheer
12 - The Brotherhood of the Dust 25:22 Read by J. M. Smallheer



(5 stars)

apparent observations rather than dry facts. truely entertaining, though I wonder if some observations have stood the test of time.