From School Library Journal
Grade 1-6-Twenty-two delightful poems with a geological theme, including pieces on tectonic plates, lava, strata, and fossils. Exuberant, silly, and serious by turns, the selections engage imagination with often-humorous wordplay. The simple yet clever collages, many of which incorporate clip-art elements, deepen the intellectual and emotional content, yet keep a light tone. The large images and uncomplicated layouts enhance the read-aloud potential. This book offers a great jumping-off point for earth science, geology/geography, and even math classes. Three pages of endnotes provide additional factual and background details.Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY
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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 PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved