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Earthshake : poems from the ground up
Peters, Lisa Westberg.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Greenwillow Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Presents twenty-two poems about geology. End notes provide information about the earth's surface and interior, types of rocks, and how volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion modify the landscape.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 82037.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 2 Quiz: 34097 Guided reading level: N.
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PS3566.E75573 E23 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3566.E75573 E23 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Maybe that plain old rock has gleaming jewels inside. Maybe Africa and South America used to be best friends. Maybe a clam that died 300 million years ago is in your backyard.

What secrets is Earth hiding? These twenty-two poems leave no stone unturned in exploring the world's natural wonders.

Crack this book open and watch geology sparkle.

Author Notes

Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of several other books for children. She lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota
When Cathie Felstead was growing up, she spent a lot of time up mountains, in river beds, and hanging off cliff faces collecting specimens with her father, who studied geology at London University. She is the illustrator of several picture books. The artist lives and works with her husband; their two children, William and Louisa; and six cats in Hertfordshire, England

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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 Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Plain Old Rockp. 7
Instructions for the Earth's Dishwasherp. 8
Continental Promisesp. 9
Wyoming Layer Cakep. 10
Dizzy Windp. 11
Living with Lavap. 12
Michigan Saharap. 13
Glacial Pacep. 14
QuartzQuartzQuartzp. 15
Crumble!p. 16
Alaskan Streamp. 17
Earthshakep. 18
River Meets Crack in the Earthp. 19
A Hill Named Kao-lingp. 20
Obituary for a Clamp. 21
"Earth Charged in Meteor's Fiery Death"p. 22
Recipe for Granitep. 23
Pumice Stone Seeks Workp. 24
Don't Eat Itp. 25
Polar Confusionp. 26
The Yellowstone Whalep. 27
Ripplesp. 28
Endnotesp. 30