How Mountains Are Made

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Packed with diagrams and maps, this simple and engaging first look at earth science describes plate tectonic theory –– how the continents rest on slow moving plates –– and how the forces of nature sculpt our world. "Zoehfeld presents plenty of good basic information...colorful illustrations add appeal."—K.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1995 (NSTA/CBC)

Author Biography: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld has written many books for ...

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Overview

Packed with diagrams and maps, this simple and engaging first look at earth science describes plate tectonic theory –– how the continents rest on slow moving plates –– and how the forces of nature sculpt our world. "Zoehfeld presents plenty of good basic information...colorful illustrations add appeal."—K.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1995 (NSTA/CBC)

Author Biography: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld has written many books for children, including How Mountains Are Made, What Is the World Made Of?, and What Lives in a Shell? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Ms. Zoehfeld lives in Norwalk, CT.

Lucia Washburn's first book for young readers was Look to the North by Jean Craighead George. She lives in Petaluma, CA.

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Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
This book explains a big subject to little people. A group of kids hikes up a mountain and discover an ocean fossil. In learning why a fossil was on the mountain, they also learn about the four different types of mountains: folded, dome, fault-block, and volcanic. The kids discover that mountains are hardly static: some are shrinking, through the long-term effects of rain, wind and ice, while others are growing. Mt. Everest may be rising as much as 2 inches a year. This is a nice presentation of the complex geologic workings of our planet and gives kids manageable ways to think about the vast piles of rock that we call mountains. "Let's-Read-&-Find-Out Science" series-Stage 2.
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Gr 2-3In this clear, concise presentation, four children introduce the subject of mountain formation by taking a hike in their local community. The youngsters appear throughout the book, commenting in dialogue bubbles about specific facts, giving demonstrations of ways mountains change, or making humorous asides. They provide continuity and keep the tone light while information is related to explain why fossils of sea animals are found atop mountains, the various layers in the earth, why volcanoes form, and the effects of erosion. The text and illustrations work together well in this sequential, well-organized book. Much credit goes to Hale's engaging watercolor illustrations done in cheery colors; they are simply drawn but add effective examples and diagrams. Used with Franklyn Branley's Volcanoes HarperCollins, 1985, this fine addition to the science series would be of value to students interested in the geology and the changes of planet Earth.Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld worked as an editor of children's books for over ten years before beginning her career as a writer. She has written two other books for the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series" What Lives in a Shell?, illustrated by Helen K. Davie, and How Mountains Are Made, illustrated by James Graham Hale. Ms Zoehfeld lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

James Graham Hale has illustrated several other books for children, including 'Round and Around by James Skofield; Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Turner, a Reading Rainbow Featured Selection; and Barney Is Best by Nancy White Carlstrom. Mr. Hale lives in Ulster Park, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Inaccurate and misleading

    The model of the Earth's interior illustrated and described in this book is wrong and leads to numerous other conceptual errors throughout the book. The book claims that there is a molten magma layer beneath the upper 95 mile thick lithosphere of the Earth. This is false. The layer of the Earth beneath the lithosphere is the asthenosphere, which is a solid that flows on very long time scales - it is not a liquid magma. In addition to other misleading and inaccurate statements throughout the text, the illustrations are sure to create misconceptions among children. For example, one illustration shows a volcano at Earth's surface that is directly fed by the misinterpreted magma layer deep beneath the Earth's lithosphere, and leads one to believe that when the entire 95-mile thick lithosphere cracks, liquid magma suddenly shoots up from below. A quick comparison between the model of the Earth presented in this book and that presented in modern geology textbooks, or Wikipedia for that matter, will hopefully convice existing owners of this book that it is deeply flawed.

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