Over the Mountains
by Michael Collier

Price at time of review: $19.77
113 pp.
Mikaya Press, Inc.
New York, NY
ISBN: 9781931414180

Grade Level: 5-8

Reviewed by Juliana Texley
NSTA Web Field Editor

What might at first appear to be a high-quality "coffee table" book offers an invitation to inquiry in the classroom because of its great level of geologic detail. This  book includes fabulous aerial photographs of real-world landscapes such as Denali, the San Andreas Fault, and Shenandoah. Photographs are explained via colorful diagrams and/or well-written descriptions. They have enough detail for teachers to develop inquiry-based observation exercises from them. For example, multiple views of erosion from Alaska to the California desert provide great comparisons. (The large California photo just begs to be compared to "water trails" on Mars.) Several good diagrams face and explain the photos. Although many of these photos might be found on the web, the format of this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book is ideal for a center or for group work. Students from elementary through college will go back to it again and again.

Review posted on 3/5/2008

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