Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up

Overview

Maybe that plain old rock has gleaming jewels inside.
Maybe Africa and South America used to be best friends.
Maybe a clam that died 300 million years ago is in your backyard.

What secrets is Earth hiding? These twenty-two poems leave no stone unturned in exploring the world?s natural wonders.

Crack this book open and watch geology sparkle.

Presents twenty-two poems about geology. End notes ...

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Overview

Maybe that plain old rock has gleaming jewels inside.
Maybe Africa and South America used to be best friends.
Maybe a clam that died 300 million years ago is in your backyard.

What secrets is Earth hiding? These twenty-two poems leave no stone unturned in exploring the world’s natural wonders.

Crack this book open and watch geology sparkle.

Presents twenty-two poems about geology. End notes provide information about the earth's surface and interior, types of rocks, and how volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion modify the landscape.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Readers will be engaged with the lively and witty writing of this geology poetry book. The 22 poems describe a variety of geological natural wonders which include earthquakes, fault lines, glaciers, granite and sandstone rock. The poems go beyond typical rhyming poetry and include clever language that young readers can relate to, such as comparing Wyoming's sedimentary layers to that of cake. If the poetic language is beyond the reader's understanding, they can consult the endnotes which explain the geologic science behind each poem. This rare poetic genre makes a wonderful addition to any geology unit and will be enjoyed by students young and old. 2003, Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins Publishers, Ages 5 to 8.
— Melissa A. Caudill
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Nuggets of information and mounds of playful images can be unearthed in this mother lode of poems about all things geological. The bold graphic artwork adds just the right element to make the selections shine. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty-two playful poems introduce geology in a way that's sure to have older kids digging for more. Peters claims "a life-long obsession" with dirt, mountains, and fossils, and transmits her enthusiasm into each small gem, e.g., "Alaskan Stream": "Gleaming strands of icy meltwater / braided by Denali's fingers." Detailed endnotes explain that "Denali" is the Athabaskan word for the Alaskan mountain we call Mount McKinley, whose glacial streams carry so much sediment that they end up splitting and rejoining, or braiding. Felstead's energetic collages of maps, tiny photocopied figures, colored pencil, and paint marvelously evocate action and mood. In "Recipe for Granite," South America sits on a food scale, while a planet is rinsed in a colander, and hand-drawn marks extend the scale on a thermometer to one million degrees. First-rate, this could be used in the classroom for the next ten thousand years. (Poetry/nonfiction. 5-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060292652
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 634,537
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of Sleepyhead Bear; Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck; Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up; and several other books for children. She lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Cathie Felstead has also illustrated Big Wolf and Little Wolf, by Sharon Phillips Denslow, and An Island Grows, by Lola M. Schaefer. She studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and lives in Hertfordshire, England.

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Table of Contents

Plain Old Rock 7
Instructions for the Earth's Dishwasher 8
Continental Promises 9
Wyoming Layer Cake 10
Dizzy Wind 11
Living with Lava 12
Michigan Sahara 13
Glacial Pace 14
QuartzQuartzQuartz 15
Crumble! 16
Alaskan Stream 17
Earthshake 18
River Meets Crack in the Earth 19
A Hill Named Kao-ling 20
Obituary for a Clam 21
"Earth Charged in Meteor's Fiery Death" 22
Recipe for Granite 23
Pumice Stone Seeks Work 24
Don't Eat It 25
Polar Confusion 26
The Yellowstone Whale 27
Ripples 28
Endnotes 30
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