Inside Earthquakes
Inside Earthquakes
by Melissa Stewart
Sterling, 2011
for ages 9-12
ISBN 978-140275-877-5
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“Clear prose and striking visuals combine to explain the natural occurrences and their effects. The books are cautionary without being hysterical, conveying immediacy through a conversational style and occasional personal recollections. Foldout pages (some horizontal, some vertical) are used to excellent effect. Photos, drawings, charts, and other visuals are well chosen and well documented.”
“From the eye-catching jacket photos to the clearly written explanations of natural phenomena, volumes in the Inside series have much to offer. [Inside Earthquakes] offers historical perspective . . . as well as bringing to life, through photos and well-chosen quotes, the dramatic experiences of firsthand observers. [It] looks at the geology of the earth's shifting crust as well as the effects of quakes on people and cities, landforms and coastlines."
Featuring 10 foldout pages and a trove of full-color photographs and illustrations, these titles make studying science an engaging experience. Excellent writing discusses science basics, causes, history, and tools used by scientists and researchers. Lightning traces ancient beliefs, Benjamin Franklin’s kite, and modern theories of what causes lightning to form, kinds of lightning, and how thunderheads build. The selection of photographs in reflects age-appropriate choices. Images of damaged buildings, debris, and wreckage capture the destructive power of nature without showing people in distress, injured, or other casualties. Sidebars provide pertinent quick facts as “Newsflash,” or personal eyewitness accounts under “I was there” or “We were there.” With fabulous photographs and illustrations alongside the wealth of fascinating facts and information, these books should be in high demand.
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