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Island that moved : how shifting forces shape our Earth
Hooper, Meredith.
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[New York] : Viking, [2004]

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32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x28 cm
Follows an imaginary island on a journey through millions of years to introduce the science of plate tectonics.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 0.5 78943.
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QE511.4 .H66 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Take one small island. Beautiful. Remote. Explorable. Then follow it on a journey through millions of years. Where did the island come from? Where is it heading? And what does it tell us about Earth's history?

Award-winning science writer Meredith Hooper joins illustrator Lucia deLeiris as they use the story of a single island to introduce the fascinating science of plate tectonics&150the shifting plates that form Earth's surface. It's the story of how the forces that formed the island, of the plants and animals that inhabited the island through time, and of how the island travelled through the ages to its current position by the Antarctic peninsula. With a compelling text and striking illustrations, The Island that Moved provides an intriguing introduction to an amazing science.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Hooper takes readers to an imaginary island off the Antarctic Peninsula and describes how it originated, what it looks like, and the plants and animals living there. Going back 200 million years to the supercontinent Pangaea, the discussion ranges broadly over climate change, continental drift, volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers, and plate tectonics to speculate on how the island changed over time. The double-page spread Earth's Skin is particularly good because of the succinct text, the reference to plate tectonics as theory, and the clarity of the well-captioned illustrations. The practice of printing text over textured artwork is distracting and occasionally makes reading difficult, but teachers seeking materials on the subject should still consider this handsome book. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-The concept of huge portions of the Earth's crust oozing persistently up from fiery depths to slide slowly across the global surface before inexorably thrusting its way back into the world of glowing magma is tough to explain, but Hooper succeeds in doing so. She traces the birth of a composite island, following it from glowing undersea magma to its breaking away from the Gondwanian supercontinent and its subsequent journey as an isolated isle, and the evolution of life upon its convoluted surface. Following this "biography" are informative sections on the Earth's "skin," its internal makeup, a time line for the island, and the breakup of Gondwana. The approachable text is enriched by DeLeiris's colorful, dramatic illustrations. Simpler than Helen Roney Sattler's Our Patchwork Planet (HarperCollins, 1995) or Roy Gallant's Dance of the Continents (Benchmark, 1999), this book is readable and inviting.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.