Disasters by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics
Disasters by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics
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Annotation: An amazing look at Earth's natural disasters as seen through numbers, facts, and stunning infographics from Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins!
Genre: [Government]
Catalog Number: #300007
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Common Core/STEAM: STEAM STEAM
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 47 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-328-56948-9 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0116-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-328-56948-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0116-2
Dewey: 363.34
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Jenkins surveys over 20 rare and commonplace calamities that befall the planet, placing them into categories: earth, weather, life, and space.He quickly establishes that some disasters are related to human action and that many have ripple effects lasting minutes, months, or years. Most entries claim a double-page spread with a clear introduction and an array of explicating infographics. “Earthquake” gets a pithy explanation of the role of tectonic plates. Thumbnail spots illustrate quakes’ relative damage, corresponding to numbers on the Richter scale, and a timeline ranks seven historical earthquakes’ destructiveness by human fatalities. Throughout, data include rankings, from established rubrics (such as hurricane categories, the volcanic explosivity index, and the Enhanced Fujita scale for tornadoes) to quirkier measures, like the relative visibility of a conifer in a blizzard. Jenkins highlights the destabilizing effects of events like drought, establishing its connection to famine, war, and even cultural collapse. The characteristics of a locust plague and potential impacts by near-Earth objects should fascinate kids. “Pandemic” covers the historical majors and includes AIDS. Covid-19 gets a corner spot here: Masking (with no mention of vaccination) is called out as “one of the best ways to protect” against the virus. Appropriately, climate change garners its own four-page concluding section. Small but distinct maps, cogent graphs, crisp collaged illustrations, unambiguous language, and exquisite attention to relative size characterize this keenly executed series entry. (This book was reviewed digitally.)Another excellent project from the multiply intelligent maestro of infographics. (glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 6-10)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Jenkins surveys over 20 rare and commonplace calamities that befall the planet, placing them into categories: earth, weather, life, and space.He quickly establishes that some disasters are related to human action and that many have ripple effects lasting minutes, months, or years. Most entries claim a double-page spread with a clear introduction and an array of explicating infographics. “Earthquake” gets a pithy explanation of the role of tectonic plates. Thumbnail spots illustrate quakes’ relative damage, corresponding to numbers on the Richter scale, and a timeline ranks seven historical earthquakes’ destructiveness by human fatalities. Throughout, data include rankings, from established rubrics (such as hurricane categories, the volcanic explosivity index, and the Enhanced Fujita scale for tornadoes) to quirkier measures, like the relative visibility of a conifer in a blizzard. Jenkins highlights the destabilizing effects of events like drought, establishing its connection to famine, war, and even cultural collapse. The characteristics of a locust plague and potential impacts by near-Earth objects should fascinate kids. “Pandemic” covers the historical majors and includes AIDS. Covid-19 gets a corner spot here: Masking (with no mention of vaccination) is called out as “one of the best ways to protect” against the virus. Appropriately, climate change garners its own four-page concluding section. Small but distinct maps, cogent graphs, crisp collaged illustrations, unambiguous language, and exquisite attention to relative size characterize this keenly executed series entry. (This book was reviewed digitally.)Another excellent project from the multiply intelligent maestro of infographics. (glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 6-10)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 47).
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 1-4

An amazing look at Earth's natural disasters as seen through numbers, facts, and stunning infographics from Caldecott Honor - winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins! From Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins comes an in-depth look at the world's natural disasters, broken down into four distinct categories: earth, weather, life, and space. From timelines of causes and outcomes of each disaster, graphs highlighting humans' effect on the earth, and a text teeming with fresh, unexpected, and accurate information ready for readers to easily devour, Disasters by the Numbers is unmatched and sure to wow fans old and new.


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