How Tectonic Plates Shaped the Earth

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How Tectonic Plates Shaped Earth by Jane P. Gardner (Jump, 2020; Earth Shapers series) an on-level early reader nonfiction book that fantastically covers the basics of tectonic plates using early reader vocabulary. It includes captions and labels for photos, a glossary of unfamiliar words, “Did you Know?” sidebars, and a sample project at the end. It is not easy to find nonfiction that is truly for an early fluent reader, but this one hits the mark. It is illustrated by actual photos, giving a series tone, even while the words are high accessible to low-level readers. It’s also shorter than picture books and many early chapter book nonfiction, which is just right for this reading level.

Reviewed on July 6, 2024

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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