Glaciers: Nature's Icy Caps (Earth Works)

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The seventh book in the Earthworks series offers a fascinating introduction to icy caps that have changed the face of our planet. Glaciers are powerful forces of nature—tremendous sheets of ice that can weigh millions of tons, crush boulders, and flatten forests. Some slide down to meet the sea, break off, and form icebergs. Greenland, home to the largest glacier on earth, forms more than 40,000 icebergs each year, including the infamous one that sunk the Titanic. A lively look at one of the earth's remarkable phenomena.

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David L. Harrison holds degrees in science and has written numerous books about how nature works, which have been described as "science with grace." Winner of the Christopher Award, he lives with his wife in Springfield, Missouri.

Cheryl Nathan has worked as an art director and a designer and has illustrated a number of nature books for children. Her art has won recognition from the Society of Illustrators.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–This slim series entry takes a look at glaciers from the Ice Age to the Titanic disaster. Harrison includes facts on glacial formation, physical properties, and geological history. He has a poetic grasp of the kind of animated language that hooks young readers into nonfiction, yet his narrative is hindered by some inconsistencies and confusing usage. The pronunciation is given for the word calving, but not for words like Beringia or equator, and the author confusingly interchanges the terms iceberg and glacier. The discussion of Earth's warming trend and the melting glaciers makes it sound as though this is all part of a normal cycle. While the art technique is original, the illustrations are not always effective. The rendering of the Titanic hitting an iceberg works well in captivating children's attention, but the geological effects of melting glaciers are less clearly depicted. Source notes are not provided, and the author's note is geared toward older readers. There is a minimal section on further reading, but no glossary is offered to reinforce terms mentioned. Look to Roy A. Gallant's Glaciers (Watts, 1999), which has color photographs and a clearer text.–Michael Santangelo, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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