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101 Facts About Rivers (101 Facts about Our World Series)

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Children's Literature
Have you ever wondered how much of the Earth's fresh water comes from rivers and lakes? If you have, this is a good source for you because it reveals that rivers and lakes make up only one percent of the Earth's water. Were you aware that the Nile River is the longest river in the world or that the Grand Canyon was formed from the wearing away the rock by the Colorado River over the past five million years? This information, along with ninety-nine other facts about rivers, is the contents of this nonfiction book. As such, it will be a useful educational tool when studying natural resources in the classroom. A one-page introduction to the book focuses on how people are harming the rivers of this world and encourages readers to do something about it. Subsequent information is presented in list format, making it very easy for elementary-aged students to read. Each fact is numbered and featured in a paragraph of text with between five to ten facts per two-page spread. A useful map of the rivers of the world is included. The glossary helps readers understand key concepts by providing definitions to bold faced words from the text and the index helps locate specific information easily. In addition, excellent web links for additional information on the topic and a list of suggested books for further reading are provided. 2004 (orig. 2003), Gareth Stevens Publishing/World Almanac Education Group, Ages 8 to 11.
—Nancy T. Braverman
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Packaging information about a topic as an accumulation of facts relieves an author of the need for transitions and reduces the necessity of logical organization. Although this approach might work for coverage of narrow topics, trying to introduce subjects as complex as oceans, rivers, or tropical rain forests leads to random comments on a number of related areas. Each book provides some information about the location and structure of its subject. Barnes also includes some tidbits about animals that live in or near these environments, but not all of the statements indicate in what part of the world these creatures are found. A two-page map at the front of each title identifies the global extent of the habitat under discussion. Among the 101 "facts" are many statistics, as might be expected. Elsewhere, the texts are little more than hodgepodges of numbered statements. Small photographs are not striking enough to hold the attention of browsers, and the volumes offer too little substance to be useful to report writers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836837117
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: One Hundred One Facts about Our World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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