Saturday, January 22, 2022

One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain by Alex Nogués, Miren Asiain Lora & illustrated by Lawrence Schimel

My thoughts:  An interesting introduction to geology and a good addition to libraries that wish to expand their Earth science material.

An easy to read (for middle schoolers) treatise in short paragraphs and step by step information introducing the reader to an understanding of "old Earth" concept of geology. Though published by a Christian publishing house, Biblical Creation  and world wide flood concepts are shunned. The concept of Earth's being millions of years old is presented.

The reader can easily understand the explanation of layering of the strata and how fossils are deposited in these and the geological system of identifying.

I found the book interesting. I did think that the type was too small especially on the pages such as "Naming the History of the Earth." Again, I really enjoyed the presentation of information. The writer takes the reader on a detailed oriented "walk" that focuses on paying attention to the details and then thinking them through.

A good resource for school libraries.  

About the book: Come closer and look at these rocks: they’re not normal stones at all! They’re thousands and thousands of mollusks, fossilized together in the sediment. But how did a million oysters ever land on top of a mountain? 

Written by a geologist, this inquisitive journey guides readers through the movements of seas, strata, and tectonic plates. The landscapes of the present can be clues to events in the past. Lush, atmospheric illustrations offer fascinating details to discover, and sidebars and an extensive glossary provide intriguing connections to marine biology and scientific history. 

A compelling introduction to earth science, this book will encourage readers to ask questions, think critically, and embrace their curiosity about the natural world.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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