ring of fire

We have loads of children’s books over here, but I can honestly say that this library book is one of the few that we have read that results in my explaining plate tectonics and erosion to my son.


Lola Schaefer’s An Island Grows is written for preschoolers, so I don’t have to paraphrase or use my patented trick of reading just the first sentence of each paragraph or the picture captions.  I think what I like best about this book though is the simple, evocative vocabulary that she uses on each page–we’ve had long discussions stemming from the sentence “Water quakes” already.  (What’s “quake” Mama? What does quaking water look like?  Where do you see quaking water?  Can that happen here in our bathtub?)

Most science books that we have read are quite lame; they seldom seem to be able to decide who exactly they are writing for and lack the lyricism and beautiful illustrations that my discriminating children demand from a good picture book.  Don’t look for this book at the Durham Public Library; we don’t plan on returning it any time soon.


1 Comment »

  1. kate said

    that’s MY trick! mine mine mine!!!! already patented!

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