From the Publisher
“With exceptional clarity of text and unusually appealing pictures, the geologic concept of mountain building is presented for young readers. Two stories parallel each other perfectly, and the line of Elizabeth's small sand mountain in the inset pictures flows seamlessly into the contours of the larger mountain.” The Horn Book
“Spectacular paintings reinforce the basic geological concepts presented in this story.” American Bookseller
“An attractive, mind-expanding book.” Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The evolution of a mountain is explained in simple terms. In simultaneous story lines, Elizabeth makes a mountain of sand at the beach that is eroded by wind and rain, while on opposing pages, a nearby mountain is formed during a variety of geologic stages. It, too, will erode. Introduced are basic concepts about the elements of rock formation, in such a way that readers will be provoked into drawing some conclusions of their own. Rand's colorsthe icy blue of a snow-capped mountain, a deep mauve the color of rich, wet clay, the smoky gray of a thunderstorm's skyall contribute to the mixing of story and fact, from the centuries over which a mountain is eroded, to the passing of a sandy mound in one brief afternoon. Ages 6-9. (September)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A comparison of the eons-long story of the formation and evolution of a mountain with the afternoon-long existence of a little girl's sand mountain. The book is illustrated with vividly colored, dynamic watercolor paintings. Each two-page spread features a large painting of one stage in the large mountain's development plus a smaller, rectangular painting of Elizabeth working diligently on her sand mountain superimposed on it. Each left-hand page describes a stage in the mountain's development, while each right-hand page describes Elizabeth's work, attempting to show how both mountains are affected by the forces of sun, wind, and rain. The scientific information given is simple but accurate; however, very young children will not have the background information to absorb the analogy presented. In some pictures the mountain is shown cross-sectioned with inner layers exposed, but the text doesn't explain what the ``stripes'' represent, why they are there, or that such layers are found through the earth. Similarly, there is no generalization from the story of this unique mountain to earth's geology in general. Children at different levels will understand different aspects of this presentation; children old enough to best appreciate the analogy may be put off by the picture book format. However, this striking picture book deserves shelf space as a book for children to share individually with an adult available to explain and interpret, or as a companion book to amplify and illustrate a primary grade geology unit. Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, Pa.