These are recommended titles for general elementary-level collections. New to 'Exploring our Planet' series ($23.40 each)is Sandra Downs' When The Earth Moves and Shaping The Earth Erosion (1414-8): each holds oversixty pages of basic geology facts; one book covering earthquakes and their causes and aftermaths; the other covering erosion on land and at sea. Color photos blend with pages of facts for grades 4-6. Susan Provost Beller's Confederate Ladies Of Richmond (1470-9, $25.90) will appeal to libraries with special sections on women's studies or Southern history: this focuses on Confederate women's lives during Civil War times, with vintage photos supplementing observations and quotes from source material.
Childrens Book Watch
When the earth moves, mountains wear down, valleys fill up, and soil runs down to the sea. Geological change ordinarily happens so slowly that we see no change even in a lifetime. Now and then the extraordinary happenscatastrophic change in the twinkling of an eye. A creeping hillside may become a landslidea mudflow, a mudslide. A snowpack may become an avalanchea cavern, a sinkhole. Big tectonic plates jiggle along in a stick-and-slip motion. After the plates have been stuck for a time, sudden slippage may release tremendous amounts of energy. If it happens near an inhabited region, the quaking can produce catastrophe. In each chapter, Downs brings us a personal story of someone's encounter with a life-changing geological event. The book is current, with color photos and text both documenting the recent August 17, 1999, earthquake in Turkey. The beautiful color photos enhance the text, although subtleties may elude the untrained eye; no drawings are used. Sidebars explain such things as the Richter scale and a tsunami. A glossary, an index, and a list of recommended readings are included, as are Internet addresses that can get you in touch with current information on avalanches, active faults, landslides, and earthquakes. Conveniently, an electronic address book lists the address of each state's U.S. Geological Survey. (from the Exploring Planet Earth Series.) Recommended, Grades 3-12. REVIEWER: Dr. Will Kyselka (University of Hawaii)