Children's LiteratureThis title about sand dunes provides interesting information on a phenomenon that few American school kids know much about. Chapter one explains what sand dunes are and how they develop. It uses some of the vocabulary that is also found at the end of the book in the Glossary to explain how fulguriteshollow tubes of natural glass created when lightning strikes sandare formed. I found this to be one of the more interesting pieces of the text, along with the pictures and illustrations chosen to exemplify these strange creations. The text also highlights how dunes move, a logical shift into Chapter Two, "Wondrous Dunes." Here the curious reader can find out where sand dunes are found around the world and what makes some of them especially unique. Chapter Three focuses on plant and animal life and Chapter Four moves onto a discussion of towns and other entitieslike the Sphinx of Gizawhich have been buried by the sands of time. The latter chapter will be of special interest to students as they read of towns that literally disappeared into the sands in a short amount of time because of poor land preservation. I was pleased with the sheer amount of additional factual information and resources included at the end of the book in "Notes" and "For Further Exploration" sections. This is part of the "Wonders of the World" series. 2004, KidHaven Press, Ages 5 up.
Jean Boreen, Ph.D.