CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 40. . . .June 17, 2011.
Record-breaking Earth. (Crabtree Connections).
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2011.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-9929-0 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-9908-5 (RLB.).
Natural history-Miscellanea-Juvenile literature.
Grade 3-7 / Ages 8-12.
Review by Robert Groberman.
The first sight of Greenland comes as a shock. As your plane flies in to land, there’s hardly anything green to be seen. Greenland is mostly covered by a sheet of ice that, in places, is an incredible 2.5 miles (4km) thick. The ice is so heavy that the ground underneath it has dipped.
Record-breaking Earth is part of the “Crabtree Connections” series designed to help beginning readers of nonfiction to “connect” to historical and scientific topics through books, which have magazine-like page layouts and easily accessible text.
In Record-breaking Earth, Anita Ganeri introduces young readers, through photos and clearly explained text, to such natural wonders as Mount Everest, the Amazon Rain Forest, Hawaii’s constantly erupting Mt. Kilauea, and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as eight other locations.
Each place is presented as a one of earths “special” places. Readers learn that the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. It is so big that it can be seen from space. There are photos to illustrate the reef from the sky and from under the water. A fact box explains how many different forms of life live in the reef.
For each of the 12 chapters about earth’s amazing areas, similar information and illustration is provided.
This is a book for early chapter book readers. The text portion of this book includes glossary definitions for difficult words like “crater,” “drought,” and “mollusks.” There are also good illustrative photographs used where such words are introduced. Children looking for a book of facts about the earth will be fascinated with the detail available in this volume.
Robert Groberman is a grade three teacher at Kirkbride Elementary School in Surrey, BC.
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