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Hottest, coldest, highest, deepest
Jenkins, Steve, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 x 27 cm
Describes some of the remarkable places on earth, including the hottest, coldest, windiest, snowiest, highest, and deepest.
Reading Level:
IG 920 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.9 0.5 51219.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.7 2 Quiz: 29601 Guided reading level: M.
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Newstead Library G133 .J46 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Elma Library G133 .J46 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library G133 .J46 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Anna M. Reinstein Library G133 .J46 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library G133 .J46 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Climb the tallest mountain, dive into the deepest lake, and navigate the longest river in Steve Jenkins' stunning new book that explores the wonders of the natural world. With his striking cut paper collages, Jenkins majestically captures the grand sense of scale, perspective and awe that only mother earth can inspire.

Author Notes

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page. Visit Steve at

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. In this world record book of natural history, Jenkins identifies and describes places such as the planet's deepest lake, highest mountain, most active volcano, the most extreme tides, and the places designated the hottest, the coldest, the wettest, the driest, and the windiest on Earth. Each spread features a distinctive collage of cut-and-torn papers, which vary in texture and hue. Silhouetted forms provide dramatic focal points in the compositions. Each spread includes a couple of lines of text, supplemented with more information in smaller type and inset maps and diagrams that help the reader visualize just how high, deep, or wet the subject is in comparison with others of its kind. Highly effective visual education for the classroom or for young browsers intrigued by superlatives. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2‘As in his Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (Ticknor & Fields, 1995), Jenkins once again uses striking colorful paper collage illustrations to explore a topic. Here, he delves into the greatly varied marvels of the world, presenting the highest mountain, the hottest spot, the wettest place, the most active volcano, etc. Interesting charts help put sizes into perspective. For example, on the double-page spread that introduces the longest river, a side box shows the length of the Nile in comparison to that of other rivers as well as to the width of the United States. The oldest and deepest lake, Lake Baikal in Russia (5134 feet deep), is contrasted pictorially with the height of the Empire State Building (1250 feet). These visuals give young readers a full understanding of how amazing these natural wonders are. Each spread includes a map that shows where these places are located. Browsers will pick up this delightful picture book and read it through completely. This eye-catching introduction to geography will find a lot of use in libraries and classrooms.‘Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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