Seymour Simon's Extreme Earth Records

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Imagine exploring the most extreme parts of our amazing planet—trekking though the driest desert, climbing the snowiest mountaintops, and diving to the deepest regions of the ocean floor. Seymour Simon, the dean of children's science nonfiction, investigates Earth's biggest, smallest, deepest, and coldest environments, animals, plants, and most severe weather. These mind-bending facts and photographs invite readers on an exciting, and sometimes unbelievable, scientific ...

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Overview

Imagine exploring the most extreme parts of our amazing planet—trekking though the driest desert, climbing the snowiest mountaintops, and diving to the deepest regions of the ocean floor. Seymour Simon, the dean of children's science nonfiction, investigates Earth's biggest, smallest, deepest, and coldest environments, animals, plants, and most severe weather. These mind-bending facts and photographs invite readers on an exciting, and sometimes unbelievable, scientific expedition of Earth's most amazing records!

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Editorial Reviews

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"An artful blend of text and image" - Kirkus Reviews

"This is a title that will never stay on the shelf." - Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Similar in appeal to the Guinness Book of World Records, this volume combines science with questions such as which is the coldest, hottest, deepest, most destructive, and more. Simon knows how to attract young fact mongers. With his characteristic accuracy, he chooses his words carefully, admitting that scientists "think that" rather than spewing facts that may one day be challenged. Anticipating natural questions like "what is a monsoon?," "why is it called Death Valley?," or "how far can people dive?," boxed details broaden the facts. Full-page and inset color photographs are both informative and eye-catching. Images such as steps to nowhere following a tsunami, flowing lava, raging waterfalls, and accompanying facts are enticing. Particularly effective are stamplike graphics that emphasize the location of some of the images. With specifics that kids will understand, comparisons are offered throughout to give readers a sense of the full impact of the extremes. A discussion of waterfalls includes the detail that you will be arrested and fined if you survive going over Niagara Falls. This is the type of book that can easily lead to more investigation as readers discover fascinating facts and learn a bit about the explorers and scientists who endure extreme conditions and why.Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Simon adds another to his mammoth body of swinging, smart science books for kids. The author devotes four pages each to the most extreme environments and environmental events on Earth: coldest, hottest, driest, highest, deepest, biggest earthquake, largest volcano, most destructive tsunami and kindred greats. As always--and this is no mean feat--he manages to wow readers, while imparting the scientific circumstances that either create or allow for these phenomena. There is the sheer juicy stuff--temperatures ranging from minus 129 F to 160 F, 56 feet of annual snowfall--but he also adds the human factor (why do 300 people live on Tristan de Cunha, the world's most remote place?) and introduces the rare flora and fauna. There is an artful blend of text and image, but so much happens in the mind's eye--a wave traveling at 600 mph, holy cow--that Simon really gets readers thinking. Two grouses: There should have been a photo of Mount Thor on Baffin Island, the greatest pure vertical drop (4100 feet), rather than three waterfall shots; but most egregiously--no maps! Metric measurements are included parenthetically. These places are somewhere--perhaps near, so let's go--and readers deserve a sense of their location. A dozen earthly gems, buffed high by Simon. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452107851
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 328,519
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon is a former teacher and the author of more than 200 science books for children. He lives in Great Neck, New York.

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Table of Contents

The Coldest Place on earth 9

The Hottest Place on earth 13

The Most Remote Place on earth 17

The Deepest Place on earth 21

The Highest Place on earth 25

The Rainiest Place on earth 29

The Driest Place on earth 33

The Snowiest and Iciest Places on earth 37

The Highest Waterfall and the Steepest Drop on earth 41

The Biggest earthquake on earth 45

The Largest Volcanic eruption on earth 49

The Most Destructive Tsunami on earth 53

Index 56

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