How Mountains Are Madeby Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, James Graham Hale
Outstanding Science Trade
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.
Meet the Author
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than seventy books for children. She has written several books in the Let’s Read And Find Out Science series, including: WHAT LIVES IN A SHELL?, an NSTA/CBC “Outstanding Science Trade Book” and winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s “Best Children’s Book” award; WHAT IS THE WORLD MADE OF?, a Children’s Book of the Month Club Main Selection; WHAT’S ALIVE?, also named an AAAS “Best Children’s Book”; HOW MOUNTAINS ARE MADE, an NSTA/CBC “Outstanding Science Trade Book,” DINOSAUR TRACKS, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); and DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL, winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio “Best Book Award”
Kathleen was a children’s book editor for over ten years before becoming a full-time writer. When she is not reading, researching, writing, or editing she loves to spend her free time exploring, doing fieldwork, and preparing and curating fossils for her local natural history museums. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
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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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.