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Caves and Caverns Paperback – October 4, 1996


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152013652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152013653
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-In straightforward, clear prose and colorful, text-related illustrations, Gibbons describes the formation and physical features of caves. Some of the pictures are labeled, and many depict people of varying ages exploring the different kinds of subterranean spaces. Plant and animal life found underground is briefly mentioned. The term "spelunker" is defined; oddly, "cavern" is not. Rules and supplies needed for spelunking are given, along with a short list of caves for enthusiasts to visit. Unfortunately, Gibbons's popular, child-friendly style is somewhat marred by unexplained circles (flashlights? spotlights?) that appear in each illustration. Young readers are likely to find them distracting. Both Jenny Wood's Caves (Gareth Stevens, 1991) and Lionel Bender's Cave (Watts, 1989) cover more ground and have excellent photos as well as cross-section illustrations. Nevertheless, this title will be enjoyed by budding scientists and explorers.
Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Again, by presenting the types of caves and how they are formed, Gibbons provides simple, straightforward science in picture-book format. Though sea, ice, and lava caves are mentioned, the focus here is on limestone caves. Several drawings show how rainwater containing carbonic acid erodes the limestone to form caverns filled with convoluted and beautiful spires, shards, and other shapes; one illustration defines the technical terms for these creations. The text is clear, but the drawings can be confusing--as when dripping water seems to create stalactites and stalagmites even in a cave filled with seawater. Cavils aside, a useful introduction. (Nonfiction. 7+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Martin on April 22, 2009
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We used this in our study of, can you believe it, caves. I know, we're weird.

Anyways, this book was great. It presented the material clearly and had nice illustrations to help them further understand. After reading it they spent hours drawing pictures of all sorts of caves and caverns.

You could easily spend several days/weeks going through the information here and expanding it with further books, activities and pictures. As with all of Gail Gibbons books I try to find actual photos of the things she illustrates. We even took this with us to explore some caves and the boys were able to identify things based on what they learned from this book.

*taken from my review at goodreads
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By June M Mullin on August 19, 2011
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Great book for younger kids! We read it before we visited the nearby caverns - think it helped them understand more - and appreciate it more!
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By M. Heiss on December 26, 2009
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We already liked Gail Gibbons's style -- we have her book "The Planets". She is an author who can write science for the very young and illustrate it in a way so that parents can become the teachers.

The reading level on this book might be kindergarten, but much younger children will understand the text and the illustrations. Thsi book is a keeper.
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By Cheryl L Culbertson on October 29, 2014
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This was a great book to use with my students in school.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "dadcock904" on May 16, 2001
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Given that this is an informational book, I expected to find lots of info about caves and caverns, clearly described and detailed. The text is often confusing and raises more questions than it actually answers. This confusion is compounded by the artwork. The illustrations are appealing to the eye and well suited for children, but they do not work particularly well with this topic. The pictures that accompany the text are often confusing and do not interact well with the written word. (Not to mention the fact that all people represented in the art are white.) Actual photos might have been a better choice, esp. considering the age level. If you know a child who is interested in this topic and really wants to learn something about caves and caverns, this is not the book.
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