Next to a continent or in the middle of the ocean, all islands are surrounded by water. These landforms can be rock, sand, or even coral. Read Islands to learn about life on these isolated places.

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Next to a continent or in the middle of the ocean, all islands are surrounded by water. These landforms can be rock, sand, or even coral. Read Islands to learn about life on these isolated places.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Using short, easy sentences and relying on large photographs, this volume of the "Natural Wonders" series teaches young readers all about islands. The text explains that continental islands are formed by sea levels rising, water filling in low spots on land, and pieces of land getting separated. It also explains how oceanic islands, coral reef islands, and barrier islands are formed. Information discussed includes an examination of what plants and animals can be found on islands. Readers also learn about famous islands, like the Hawaiian Islands and Greenland. This very rudimentary look at islands uses large font and two to five sentences per page. The photographs, which have no captions, feel unnecessarily large, as though they are just helping use up what would otherwise be white space in the book. A table of contents, glossary, three suggested reading titles, index, and instructions about how to use the publisher's FactHound site for further research round out this slim book. Given the slight information presented (the total word count for the book is only 198 words), this series does not deliver enough to justify the high price point. A smaller paperback version, relying less heavily on large and repetitive pictures, would better present the information. The series also includes volumes about canyons, caves, glaciers, deltas, mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429662192
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Natural Wonders Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,319,320
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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Table of Contents

An Island Forms 4

Kinds of Islands 6

Island Life 12

Famous Islands 18

Glossary 22


Internet Sites 23

Index 24

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