Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up

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Maybe that plain old rock has gleaming jewels inside.

Maybe Africa and South America used to be best friends.

Maybe a clam that died 300 million years ago is in your backyard.

What secrets is Earth hiding? These twenty-two poems leave no stone unturned in exploring the world’s natural wonders.

Crack this book open and watch geology sparkle.

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Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of Sleepyhead Bear; Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck; Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up; and several other books for children. She lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.



Cathie Felstead has also illustrated Big Wolf and Little Wolf, by Sharon Phillips Denslow, and An Island Grows, by Lola M. Schaefer. She studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and lives in Hertfordshire, England.

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Gr. 2-4. Inspired by a broad range of topics, from the earth spinning in space to a rock at the side of the road, the 22 short poems in this large-format book all pertain to geology. Peters often interprets solid facts in imaginative flights of fancy, tethered to science mainly by the endnotes, which briefly explain the geology behind the poetry. The result is a book of light poetry with a unifying theme rather than a series of lessons set to verse. In "Continental Promises," South America and Africa write short notes to one another promising undying affection ("Dear / Africa, / Stay close!"), but the unspoken message (confirmed in the endnotes) is that continental drift will take its toll. The illustration personifies the nearly touching continents with faint, amiable faces. Well tuned to the verse in tone and inventive imagination, the mixed-media collage artwork includes paintings and drawings on textured and printed papers. Individual pictures differ widely from one another, yet the overall effect is unified. A creative addition to earth science units. Carolyn Phelan
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