NSTA - Donald Logsdon, Jr.
"One way to introduce young students to the wonders of science is by showing them the beauty
of the natural world. But many young readers' authentic experience with landforms is limited to
their immediate communities. This makes it difficult for them to relate to and to get excited
about the diverse geology around the world.
The Landform Top Tens series examines a wide range of landforms across the globe. This book
looks at 10 different mountains, which are "the highest, longest, widest, and most unusual in the
world." The emphasis on superlatives and extremes will entice students to look further and learn
about the processes that produced them.
The book is filled with maps, information on how the landforms were formed, and boxes
presenting interesting facts. There are also small blue balloons presenting facts and figures. For
example, one describes how the changeable weather on Mt. Elbrus has led to 48 deaths in a
single year (in 2004). There are 12 chapters, a section presenting facts and figures, a glossary, a
section of additional information including websites, and a short index. Each page presents
beautiful photographs, showing the wonders of the natural world. The vocabulary is appropriate
for young readers, and the text is short. The book is the right size for young students. In a school
library or on a classroom shelf, this series would be valuable for group work. Individual students
will also enjoy these books as they take virtual trips around the world. Recommended-Donald
Logsdon Jr., Library Media SpecialistNSTA" - NSTA