Caves: Mysteries Beneath Our Feet (Earth Works)

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Caves are dark and mysterious. But they are also among the most marvelous wonders of nature. Limestone caves are especially beautiful. They are decorated with stone frostings that make them look like storybook kingdoms. But how were these wonders of nature formed? And what goes on inside caves? This fascinating book shows us how nature creates caves over many, many years. It shows us how caves are often home to birds and bats and skunks and rats and other creatures.

Come with author David L. Harrison and illustrator Cheryl Nathan as they guide us into an amazing world that lies beneath the surface of the earth.

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About the Author:

David L.  Harrison has a keen interest in how nature works, and holds degrees in biology and parasitology. However, young readers know him from his nearly fifty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which include Wild Country, The Purchase of Small Secrets, Farmer's Garden: Rhymes for Two Voices, and the ever-popular Somebody Catch My Homework. Mr. Harrison lives in Missouri.

Cheryl Nathan has illustrated a number of nature books for children, including The Rain Forest Counts; Bugs and Beasties ABC; Wet 'N' Weird; and Hairy 'N' Weird. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Florida and has won recognition from The Society of Illustrators. She lives in Florida.

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Gr 2-3-Harrison's introduction to cave formation and life provides little new information, but offers richly textured artwork. The simple, straightforward text first offers an account of the discovery of Howe Caverns in New York. In 1842, a farmer noticed that his cow looked content despite the searing heat. When he investigated, he realized that the creature was experiencing a form of natural air conditioning-she was standing in front of a cave entrance that emitted a cool breeze from an underground network situated directly below his pasture. The text then launches into a broad description of caves, including what they look like, how they evolve, what they consist of, and the ecosystems inside them. Harrison's clear, lyrical narrative is printed in a clean, large typeface that flows nicely. The double-page art layers warm colors, often against a white background, and provides close-up views of cave inhabitants. Gail Gibbons's Caves and Caverns (Harcourt, 1996) and Stephen Kramer's Caves (Carolrhoda, 1994) cover the same subject just as well or better, but Harrison's title will have more appeal to beginning and reluctant readers.

Catherine Threadgill, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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