Natural Disasters Book Reviews

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Lane Education Service, December 2008

On Disaster In The Indian Ocean, Tsunami 2004

Here we read several personal accounts of what happened the morning of December 26, 2004. Never before had there been a tsunami like this. The waves spread from the Southeastern part of Asia all the way to the east coast of Africa. By the end of the day thousands of lives has been lost in eleven countries. Tsunamis are mainly caused by undersea earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. There are many photographs in full color. The text does cover what happened, why it happened, the cleanup, and rebuilding efforts continuing today. A very impressive coverage. The book has a one-page glossary, index, and timeline page in the back.

Lane Education Service, January 2008

On Where Did All the Dinosaurs Go?

This nonfiction chapter book is a member of a series of nonfiction books designed as beginning resource books for young readers. It gives a reader a choice of theories as to where the dinosaurs went. This is a great hard bound book with simple text, beautiful pictures, and wonderful organization. It includes a timeline and glossary. The vocabulary is age appropriate and the font is large and easy to read. I see nothing wrong with this book. I would highly recommend it for a school or classroom library as an intriguing reference book for young researchers.

Lane Education Service, January 2008

On Tsunami Disaster in Indonesia, 2004

This is a hardcover book with large, easy-to-read print and enough pictures to hold a younger students attention. The stories are simple and straight forward with phonetic spelling on harder or new words to help the young reader to understand what happened the morning of December 26, 2004 by recalling stories told by survivors. A simple explanation on what causes tsunamis and maps all aid to make the reader understand the scope of the devastation suffered that day. I am rating this book a 4, excellent choice.

Lane Education Service, January 2008

On Mudslide in La Conchita, California, 2005

Filled with photos and facts, this library bound book is full of information about the catastrophic mudslide that occurred in Southern California on January 10, 2005. The information is a mixture of personal stories and scientific observations that make for interesting reading. Difficult vocabulary words are highlighted to assist the reader. Also included are a chronology of events leading up to the mudslide, a list of other deadly slides, a glossary and recommended books and websites for further study. Although brief and specific to La Conchita, there is enough information about the cause of mudslides to provide teachers and students an introduction to this kind of natural disaster. This book is recommended for use in libraries and classrooms.

Lane Education Service, January 2008

On Earthquakes in Loma Prieta, California, 1989

A car hanging over the edge of a freeway that has collapsed will catch the readers’ attention when they spot the cover of this hardbound book. This short, easy-to-read chapter book targets the beginning reader. The older, struggling reader would find the topic interesting and the readability encouraging. It is written in first person, opening with a young boy’s account of the 1989 quake. The 32 pages are divided into 5 chapters. Bold type words have a pronunciation key and are defined in a glossary. Older readers will already know the meaning of these words. The photographs will show the power of an earthquake. Helpful information is included about emergency kits and how to protect yourself during a quake. A map shows the earth’s major fault lines and there is a section explaining the work of seismologists. At the end of the book, a chronology traces the events surrounding the quake. There is a list of the world’s deadliest earthquakes, and related books and internet sites. An index will assist the reader in locating information. This book, simply written, will provide those at a beginning reading level with the basics of earthquakes, earning it a rating of 4, an excellent choice for the elementary library.

Booklist, February 2007

On The Bermuda Triangle

The book starts off with the seemingly improbable disappearance of five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers in 1945. It then goes on to chronicle other planes and ships that vanished. A penultimate chapter offers several supernatural explanations (wormholes, aliens) as well as some scientific answers that include storms and lost planes that ran out of gas. Most interesting is the theory about methane gas bubbles that can envelop a ship in an instant. The topic will draw many readers. A glossary, a chronology, and a short source list are appended.