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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)

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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
Carolyn Phelan
Four children and a dog climbing a forest trail provide the framework for this discussion of mountains. Along the way, the knowledgeable characters explain the earth's structure and tectonic plates as well as the different types of mountains and how they are formed. Bright line-and-watercolor-wash pictures and diagrams illustrate the text. Apart from the problem of scale that crops up when showing four children and a tree sitting on a cross-section of the earth extending down for 95 miles, the illustrations succeed quite well in showing the structures, forces, and processes that mold mountains. An appealing addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785761433
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.

Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.

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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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