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Children's LiteratureHave 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