In a Cave

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$18.99  $17.66
Gnome Road Publishing
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8.73 X 11.16 X 0.28 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Ferranti Kinser writes at the intersection of story, poetry, and nature from her home on the San Francisco Peninsula. She's a former technical editor who now spends her days writing small stories--to make a big difference for kids! Heather loves to enter natural landscapes with an open mind and leave with a head full of poetry. She has been plunged into darkness at Mammoth Cave, trekked a spiral stair into Moaning Caverns, spotted bats at Lake Shasta Caverns, and been dazzled by formations at Mercer Caverns and Cave of the Winds. Visiting more show caves is high on her to-do list! In addition to IN A CAVE, she is the author of SMALL MATTERS and NATURE IS A SCULPTOR, both from Millbrook Press. Connect with Heather at

Bonnie Kelso is an author, illustrator and teaching artist. She has explored many backcountry caves and canyons. One time, she rappelled 328 feet just to see a glow worm! Bonnie loves everything about caving: the fabulous formations, the fascinating wildlife, and those neat drippy sounds. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as an exhibit designer for the Smithsonian. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her family. You can learn more about her and her art at
With seamless flow, the rhymes of this wonder-filled story invite elementary-aged readers to join two young siblings on a guided tour of a subterranean cave and marvel at the ecosystem that lies quietly beneath the surface. Voiced from the perspective of one of the siblings, this story offers readers an impressive way to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and life of the cave, encountering formations and underground creatures. Choice action words detail the characters' journey and reactions, while some words swirl and bend to match the named sights or nature of the depicted element. The digital illustrations change points of view to match the movements of the three main characters, often positioning them to catch wider angles of the cave and its inhabitants in the light of the trio's flashlights. The characters have easy-to-read, frequent expressions of delight or momentary trepidation, while the lights they carry direct readers' attentions to the cave's features and textured elements, realistically surrounded by dark spaces and shadows that ripple with rock forms and a filtered glow. A note at the end explains the importance of cave conservation, while a vocabulary page covers geology terms. VERDICT An inspiring companion story for lessons about diverse ecosystems. With its unique focus on caves and guided exploration, this hybrid book fuels the imagination with its smooth, poetic rhymes that will intrigue any novice geologist.
-Rachel Mulligan, School Library Journal