Fall 2023

Nature Is a Sculptor

Weathering and Erosion

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Glaciers, rivers, wind, and rain are a few of the elements that shape the landscape in powerful ways.

They form features big and small—from grand canyons and enormous caves to smooth pebbles and fine grains of sand. Lyrical verse by Heather Ferranti Kinser introduces weathering, erosion, and deposition, and eye-catching photos provide a look at some of the world’s geological marvels. Back matter gives more information about the processes that sculpt the landscape and highlights formations including Half Dome, a hoodoo, and basalt columns.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-09-05
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051180, JNF037080, JNF051100
Dewey 551.3/02
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level M
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, and Reviewed

Author: Heather Ferranti Kinser

Writer Heather Ferranti Kinser lives with her family on the San Francisco Peninsula. Her title Small Matters: The Hidden Power of the Unseen won the Maryland Blue Crab Award.


  • Washington Library Association Towner Award Nominee, Nominated, 2024
  • Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2024, Winner, 2024


School Library Journal

“This eye-opening book will have children examining the world anew, and is a unique addition to the earth science shelves.” —School Library Journal

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Stunning, color photographs of nature’s work show the dramatic results of weathering and erosion found around the world. Reviewer Rating: 5” –Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“Combining stunning stock photographs with rhythmic, poetic lines, Kinser has created a work that will have readers and listeners eager to travel to national parks and protected areas around the world . . . An impressive STEM read-aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews