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An Island Grows

by Lola M.  Schaefer
Illustrated by Cathie Felstead

Published by Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2006
32 pages
ISBN: 0-06-623930-3

Ages 4-7

Lola Schaefer’s remarkable text, spare and lyrical, begins with a volcano erupting beneath the sea (“Stone breaks. Water quakes. Magma glows . . . Lava flows and flows and flows.”) and proceeds to chronicle the formation of an island. Plants begin to grow (“Winds sow / seeds that blow.”) birds and insects arrive, and then it is discovered by people, chartered, and settled. Schaefer slips seamlessly from describing the island’s natural history to elements of an unspecified island culture, from food and commerce (“ ‘Ripe fruit!’ ‘Spicy root!’ ” yell the merchants in the market) to the arts (“Drums play. Dancers sway.”). An endnote provides additional information on the formation of volcanic islands, and suggestions for additional reading, in this picture book illustrated by Cathie Felstead’s colorful collage art. Highly Commended, 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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