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Children's LiteratureWritten at a second or third grade reading level and providing solid information about archipelagoes, this book is a good choice for the beginning researcher. The book is organized into nine spreads, with a new topic introduced on each spread. Topics covered include: what are archipelagoes, how do archipelagoes form, plants on archipelagoes, animals on archipelagoes, how weather changes archipelagoes, how people change archipelagoes, archipelagoes in North America, Malay Archipelago, and archipelagoes on the map. The text is written using a simple sentence structure and a carefully controlled vocabulary. Each topic is covered in two or three short paragraphs. The large print size and consistent placement of text on the page make this title nice for beginning or reluctant readers. The book is visually appealing as well. Blue topic headings introduce the information on each spread. Full color photos accompany each spread, and a bar of color traverses the bottom of each page of text. Photos are accompanied by a caption to help students understand the connection between the photo and text. Harder words, such as volcano, and migrate, are bolded and defined in the glossary. Also included are a table of contents and an index to aid in quickly locating information, and suggested books and Internet sites for further information. Part of the "Earthforms" series from Bridgestone Books, this book has great curriculum tie-in potential. An Accelerated Reader quiz is also available. 2006, Capstone Press/Bridgestone Press, Ages 5 to 12.