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Annotation: An overview of volcanoes describing formation and eruption, for young readers.
Catalog Number: #317210
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Lloyd, Megan,
Pages: 30 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-445189-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-39173-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-445189-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-39173-4
Dewey: 551.21
Dimensions: 18 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
First published in 1985, Volcanoes is a familiar standby from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series. Although there are only minor changes to the main text, this edition features completely new pictures, a page of "Volcano Facts," and instructions for simulating an eruption using the old baking-soda-and-vinegar model method. The colorful paintings vary in style from idyllic scenes to cross-sections of  Earth's crust to spattered-paint effects suggestive of erupting lava. Some librarians may miss the more restrained Marc Simont illustrations, but children will be drawn to the dramatic artwork in the new edition.
Horn Book
Dramatic first-person quotes and an array of impressive photographs bring to readers real-life accounts of recent and historical natural disasters. The emphasis here is on personal reactions--devastation, destruction, and fear (Hurricanes more so than Volcanoes)--although basic explanations of hurricane and volcano mechanics and the science of prediction are also included, supported by quotes from scientists. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 34 Lloyd's colorful new graphics update Branley's 1985 text (HarperCollins), which includes accounts of a few historic eruptions (Mounts Vesuvius, Tambora, St. Helens, and Parícutin) and explains how and why volcanoes form. Plate tectonics as well as scientists' study of and efforts to predict eruptions are also covered. A list of volcano facts appears, but it is frustrating in that the three types of volcanoes are named but not described. Instructions for an activity (plural on the cover) that involves making a baking soda and vinegar volcano are also appended. The new illustrations excel at depicting ideas presented in the text and include scenes of destruction, including buried cars, cities in ruins, and collapsed bridges. Overall, this work remains a sound, basic introduction to the topic, especially useful where the original is showing its age. Jeffrey A. French, formerly at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
Word Count: 999
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 13830 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q12150
Lexile: 590L

Volcanoes are one of nature's great wonders. For years, they can stand dormant, but once active, they can erupt in tremendous explosions of power. Marc Simont's fascinating illustrations and colorful maps denoting volcano locations around the world are beautifully paired with Franklyn Branley's clear, simple text.

This is a Stage 1 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explains simple science concepts for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Let's-Read-And-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

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