Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up


What secrets is Earth hiding? These twenty-two poems leave no stone unturned in exploring the world’s natural wonders.

Crack this book open and watch geology sparkle.

Lisa Westberg Peters, illus. Cathie Felstead
Greenwillow, 2003. 32 pages, ages 7-10.
ISBN 0-0602-9265-2 

Awards & Recognition:

  • 2004 Riverbank Review Book of Distinction

  • School Library Journal’s Best Books 2003

The Story Behind the Story

There are leaky boots, leaky tents and scary road trips behind Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up, my collection of slightly skewed geology poems.

For more stories about how I wrote these poems, see the Miss Rumphius Effect blog.


School Library Journal, starred review

Twenty-two delightful poems with a geological theme, including pieces on tectonic plates, lava, strata, and fossils. Exuberant, silly, and serious by turns, the selections engage imagination with often-humorous wordplay. The simple yet clever collages, many of which incorporate clip-art elements, deepen the intellectual and emotional content, yet keep a light tone. The large images and uncomplicated layouts enhance the read-aloud potential. This book offers a great jumping-off point for earth science, geology/geography, and even math classes. Three pages of endnotes provide additional factual and background details.

Cris Reidel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY

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