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Title:
Caving : exploring limestone caves
Author:
Brimner, Larry Dane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.2 1.0 54307.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.5 3 Quiz: 28314 Guided reading level: Q.
ISBN:
9780531203187

9780531165829
Format :
Book

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What makes a sport become a sport? This series examines many sports--from the everyday sport, to the out-of-the-ordinary sport, like caving. Students will learn about the rules, the gear, the professionals involved, and more in each of these fascinating books.


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This series is the definitive collection of informational books for intermediate -- middle grade readers. Watts Library TM spans all subjects, including animals, space, American Indians, U.S. history, geography, cutting-edge sports, and more


Author Notes

Larry Dane Brimner was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and spent his early childhood exploring Alaska's Kodiak Island. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in British Literature from San Diego State University, where he graduated cum laude, and later received advanced degrees in writing and curriculum development. During his twenty-year teaching career, he began to write for publication.

Brimner made his debut in children's books with the publication of BMX Freestyle in 1987. It was named an International Reading Association Children's Choice book for 1988. This title was followed by Country Bear's Good Neighbor, which the American Booksellers Association named their "Pick of the List." Brimner wrote A Migrant Family, which was named a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC); Max and Felix , a nominee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award; Voices From the Camps, cited as a Best Book for the Teen Age by New York Public Library; Snowboarding, an IRA Children's Choice for 1998; and the Official M&M's® Book of the Millennium, an IRA Children's Choice for 2000.

Brimner is the author of more than 110 books for young people. He also speaks to school children about the writing process or to teachers at conferences. In 2014 his title, Strike: The Farm Workers Fight for Their Rights, made the Civil Rights Hot Title's List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Larry Dane Brimner was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and spent his early childhood exploring Alaska's Kodiak Island. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in British Literature from San Diego State University, where he graduated cum laude, and later received advanced degrees in writing and curriculum development. During his twenty-year teaching career, he began to write for publication.

Brimner made his debut in children's books with the publication of BMX Freestyle in 1987. It was named an International Reading Association Children's Choice book for 1988. This title was followed by Country Bear's Good Neighbor, which the American Booksellers Association named their "Pick of the List." Brimner wrote A Migrant Family, which was named a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC); Max and Felix , a nominee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award; Voices From the Camps, cited as a Best Book for the Teen Age by New York Public Library; Snowboarding, an IRA Children's Choice for 1998; and the Official M&M's® Book of the Millennium, an IRA Children's Choice for 2000.

Brimner is the author of more than 110 books for young people. He also speaks to school children about the writing process or to teachers at conferences. In 2014 his title, Strike: The Farm Workers Fight for Their Rights, made the Civil Rights Hot Title's List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Beautiful photographs of spectacular caves illustrate this flawed introduction. While limestone caves are the focus, mention is also made of sandstone, lava tube, sea, and ice caves. Five short chapters introduce how they were-and continue to be-formed, along with cave gear, safe practices, and locations. Unfortunately, the science in this book is dated, oversimplified to the point of being misleading, and sometimes just wrong (calcite is not formed by evaporation; water does not dissolve rock). At least three of the captions for the photographs are minimally uninspiring if not outright inaccurate. Laudably, cave ethics are mentioned in several instances (take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints; the importance of maintaining access to caves by respecting landowner rights) but a photo shows a tourist in a commercial cave touching a speleothem with her bare hands. Roy Gallant's Limestone Caves (Watts, 1998) and Ron Schultz's Looking Inside Caves and Caverns (John Muir, 1993) are better choices.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Beautiful photographs of spectacular caves illustrate this flawed introduction. While limestone caves are the focus, mention is also made of sandstone, lava tube, sea, and ice caves. Five short chapters introduce how they were-and continue to be-formed, along with cave gear, safe practices, and locations. Unfortunately, the science in this book is dated, oversimplified to the point of being misleading, and sometimes just wrong (calcite is not formed by evaporation; water does not dissolve rock). At least three of the captions for the photographs are minimally uninspiring if not outright inaccurate. Laudably, cave ethics are mentioned in several instances (take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints; the importance of maintaining access to caves by respecting landowner rights) but a photo shows a tourist in a commercial cave touching a speleothem with her bare hands. Roy Gallant's Limestone Caves (Watts, 1998) and Ron Schultz's Looking Inside Caves and Caverns (John Muir, 1993) are better choices.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.