The World's Most Amazing Rivers

The World's Most Amazing Rivers

by Anita Ganeri
     
 

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Which single river carries a fifth of all river water? Why is the river Ganges worshiped as a goddess? Which river is home to crocodiles, hippopotamuses, and bull sharks? The world has many rivers, some have become busy ports and important trade routes, others act as vital lifelines to remote communities. Find out about the fascinating religious and cultural

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Which single river carries a fifth of all river water? Why is the river Ganges worshiped as a goddess? Which river is home to crocodiles, hippopotamuses, and bull sharks? The world has many rivers, some have become busy ports and important trade routes, others act as vital lifelines to remote communities. Find out about the fascinating religious and cultural significance of some of the world’s rivers, the many different animals and plants that make their homes here, and why so many rivers are now in danger from pollution.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–These books open with a short overview of the landform and close with an outline of the environmental dangers to it. In between, a spread each describes the most (or, often, “one of the most”) extreme example of that feature. Entries consist of two short paragraphs of text; large, clear photographs; a sidebar of facts (some of the “That’s Amazing” listings are more tragic than amazing), and a small continent map with the place highlighted. While the color photographs are enjoyable, they do not always provide a sense of the feature. Coasts discusses the Curonian Spit, for example, but the photo shows dunes that could be on any coast. Some of the secondary features described are not shown; instead there are stock photos of something else. Also, it is not always clear why a landform is included. Explanations are overly brief and simplistic: Volcanoes provides nothing on plate tectonics, instead stating only that “Where there are cracks in Earth’s surface, the hot, liquid rock, called lava, can escape.” The opening explanation of the type of landform and the closing environmental information in these books can easily be found elsewhere. Finding the “Most Amazing” example of each formation will take a little more work, but the information provided in sources such as encyclopedias will be more thorough than that found here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410937100
Publisher:
Raintree Publishers
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
Landform Top Tens Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
IG920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Anita Ganeri is an award-winning author of information books for children. Educated at Cambridge University, she has written more than 300 books, including the best-selling 'Horrible Geography' series (Scholastic Children's Books) which won a 2009 Blue Peter Book Award. She writes widely on animals and the natural world. A recent title for Raintree, A Day in the Life of Rainforest Animals: Capybara, has been shortlisted for a Maryland Blue Crab Award 2012. Anita lives in the north of England with her husband, children and assorted pets.

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