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An Island Grows

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With simple language and stunning full-color illustrations, this book explains how a volcanic eruption at the bottom of the ocean can form an island. Includes an endnote with a list of recommended reading.
An Island Grows
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This is the story of the birth of an island, from the first red-hot glow of magma at the bottom of the ocean, to the flowing lava that hardens and builds up higher and higher until, finally, it breaks through the water′s surface.

And then, life comes to the island. First come the small plants and animals, and later, people. This is a tale as old-and as new-as the ground we walk on.
Lola M. Schaefer is the author of several books for chil

Lola M. Schaefer is the author of several books for chil

Lola M. Schaefer is the author of several books for chil

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A volcano forms under the ocean, erupts to form land, erodes and acquires flora, fauna and eventually human population. This highly simplified explanation of island formation attempts to distill complicated geologic processes into rhyming couplets for the youngest reader, often using no more than two words on a page. Colorful cut-paper collages illustrate the text and seem to set the story in the Caribbean, although the suggested follow-up reading is about Iceland, Hawaii and the Galapagos. Inevitably, the simplification leads to distortions and omissions. The pictures, for example, show lava pillows mounding up from the ocean surface and suddenly becoming sharp rocks. Perhaps for the sake of the rhyme, trees grow before the flowers, and birds arrive even later, although, in fact, as explained in the afterword, the birds help bring the seeds for the new island's vegetation. Introduce this science topic to readers capable of taking in greater detail. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews)
Author
Lola M. Schaefer
Short Title
ISLAND GROWS
Pages
40
Publisher
Greenwillow Books
Language
English
Illustrator
Cathie Felstead
ISBN-10
0066239303
ISBN-13
9780066239309
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
DEWEY
E
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2006
Publication Date
2006-08-31
Imprint
HarperCollins
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Country of Publication
United States
Birth
1950
Audience Age
4-8
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