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Children's LiteratureBreathtaking photography will captivate the reader of this amazing book about mountains of the United States. Stunning photographs of the Grand Tetons, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Appalachians and the Sierra Nevadas are some of those contained within. Some of the photographs appear to go on forever, some give the illusion of the mountains appearing as waves in the ocean and others are just without fitting description. Added to the visual feast is an unassuming science lesson giving readers insight as to how the different types of mountains are created and how they are broken down. The seven chapters of text read easily but they are not simple; they are packed with information about the ecosystems intertwined in the mountains. Phonetic pronunciations of unfamiliar words are included. A glossary at the end clarifies words that may be new to the reader. The author is a photographer and writer and has received seven national awards for his children's books. He specializes in nature, foreign cultures and adventure sports and lives in Tucson, Arizona. Highly recommended as an addition to a home, school or public library. 2003, Mondo Publishing, Ages 7 to 12.
— Cindy L. Carolan