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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The ageless Alps—world's most famous mountain range—have the greatest population, are the most visited, and have been explored since earliest times. Readers of this "Mountains Around the World" series will discover that the Alps divide Italy from northern Europe and include France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia within their boundaries. Formed thirty to forty million years ago, this chain contains towering peaks like the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc (first Winter Olympics held there in 1924), as well as the famous Brenner and Great St. Bernard passes, traveled for 2,500 years; glaciers provide fresh water to major rivers like the Po, the Rhine, and the Rhone. Especially appealing is a section about Alpine ecology: wine grapes are grown at the base, higher up are Alpine flowers (purple saxifrage, alpen rose, star-shaped edelweiss), conifers flourish to the tree line. Well-adapted animals pictured are the wild ibex with huge curved horns, the sure-footed chamois, and the furry Alpine marmot. Since the eighteenth century, modern mountaineers have climbed the peaks and explorers have discovered ancient petroglyphs, weapons and tools, even a well-preserved traveler about 5,000 years old. French artist Jacques-Louis David painted a highly Romantic image of Napoleon crossing the Alps, while authors Johanna Spyri (Heidi) and Thomas Mann (The Magic Mountain) have set novels amid their peaks. Because summer and winter sports attract millions of tourists, the intense traffic causes warming temperatures, landslides, and melting glaciers. What does the future hold? The author reports that several organizations are working to halt road building, reduce traffic, and preserve the endangered region. Illustrations are large, spectacular color photos; an Alpine timeline, a good glossary, and a short bibliography will help aspiring mountaineers begin further research. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778775669
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: IG1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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