- Discusses the formation, movement, and different types of glaciers and icebergs and describes their effect on the world around them.
Perhaps Simon's nonfiction for children is so successful because he gets readers involved in the environment around them, with both arresting and accessible facts. In this new book, he tells readers that the largest glacier ever measured is 200 miles long and 60 miles across; but it's also ``bigger than the state of Vermont or the country of Belgium.'' And those glaciers move. Simon also covers how ice fields form and become mobile, and why they are dangerous. Readers who put icebergs and glaciers in the same category as dinosaursfrom a time long agolearn of the relatively recent tragedy of the Titanic, and that icebergs someday may be used as fresh water sources in deserts. The facts are coupled with clear, full-color photographs; the correlation between text and illustration is direct and obvious, making captions unnecessary. Simon suggests that readers take a look at landscapes around themthey may just see a place where a glacier has passed by. Ages 48. (March) Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 3-6 This treatment of glaciers and icebergs is beautifully illustrated, and the text is clear and well-written. Simon describes the physical composition and properties of glacial ice, including new findings of how glaciers move: either by sliding on films of water or by internal flows``creeping.'' He presents facts at a basic level, without much explanation or detail, and uses fairly simple vocabulary. Every spread is illustrated with beautiful color photographs, including one computer-colored photo of Iceland that shows temperature variations. Type is large, with lots of white space. In comparison, Tangborn's Glaciers (Crowell, 1965; o.p.) is illustrated with expository drawings, has a lower vocabulary level, and discusses mostly the effects of glaciers (rather than the process). The Nixons' Glaciers (Dodd, 1980) and Robin's Glaciers and Ice Sheets (Watts, 1984), which are for older readers, have much more information. This one would almost be worth adding to collections for the spectacular illustrations alone, but Simon's lively and informative text makes the book even more impressive. Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Marysville, Wash. Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information.
Through full-color photographs, this beautiful book presents the frozen world of icebergs and glaciers to young readers while teaching how their existance impacts the entire world. Reprint.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Discusses the formation, movement, and different types of glaciers and icebergs and describes their effect on the world around themReview by Publisher Summary 3
The frozen rivers and sheets of ice known as glaciers can move as slowly as a few inches a year, yet they are a powerful force shaping the earth beneath and around them. Breathtaking photographs mark this dramatic introduction to a beautiful yet frozen world of mountaintops and polar regions.