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Children's LiteratureEvery continent on Earth has mountains. "Spectacular mountain chains stretch the lengths of whole continents, vast volcanoes spring out of plains, and huge undersea mountains cover seabeds." There are four types: fold, block, dome, and volcanoes. Volcanoes are not only on land, but thousands are hidden under oceans. Using simple, declarative sentences, the author describes wondrous process by which they are formed and altered by the weather. She describes the survival skills that people living in mountains have developed and how animals and plants have adapted to their extreme environment. The book's dynamic format and beautiful photographs, its most visible assets, are complemented by its surprising amount of information. A page of "Amazing Facts" and a detailed index at the back are a bonus. The book is wonderful introduction, likely to encourage readers to learn more on their own. It is part of the "Science Files: Earth" series. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Ellen R. Butts