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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060877154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060877156
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With the increasing coverage of earthquakes worldwide, readers' interest should be piqued for this lucid introduction. Veteran photo-essayist Simon has produced another characteristically concise and involving precis. Facts abound, concerning such topics as the Pacific Ring of Fire; faults, especially the San Andreas; strike- and dip-slips; seismographs; the Richter and Mercali Intensity Scales; sand boils; and more. As in all of Simon's work, the high-quality photos and the book's spacious, accessible design enhance and extend the clarity of his exposition. Simon's compelling glimpses of these mighty geological phenomena will give readers a new understanding of and appreciation for the awesome forces of nature. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- A look at the dynamics of quakes, early detection systems, and measures taken by architects and city planners to lessen dangers after an earthquake occurs. Branley's explanations are in terms that children will easily understand, and the information is compressed into child-size bites, especially when describing earthquake motions. Branley may be too concise, however, when he fails to state the connection between seismic waves and readings on the Richter scale. Only an adult will be able to deduce what is only implied in the text rather than spelled out. A readable book with brightly colored illustrations that are serviceable but not particularly inspired. --Gloria Amann, New York Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane James on February 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a very good beginning book on the subject for children. It begins with scientific information about how earthquakes occur, and then goes through what may happen during an earthquake, such as buildings falling down, fires, gas leaks, etc. It goes into further particulars, such as how it feels to be in an earthquake, and what safety measures to take.
The illustrations are very simple, and not especially appealing, but they do help illustrate the points well.
All in all, a good book for children ages 8 -12 who live in earthquake prone areas, especially.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amelia on April 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Seymour Simon's 1991 book gives an excellent and terse overview of the important ideas about earthquakes. With key terms defined simply but accurately, all accentuated by large color photographic depictions of the effects of earthquakes, Simon explains the pertinent information: what causes earthquakes, what happens during an earthquake, and the different types of earthquakes.
The book can be read from cover to cover, or bit by bit; each two-page spread stands fairly solidly on its own. The impact of the damage earthquakes can inflict is immediately apparent when the book opens with a stunning photograph of the way an earthquake turned "railroad tracks into twisted ribbons of steel." The most amazing photo in the book shows the way a wooden fence was "broken and offset eight feet" by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Simon takes what could be a very frightening concept for a young child and explains it in such a way as to make earthquakes more logical and less arbitrary. The final page of the book might be the best place for a nervous child to start reading, as Simon gives some suggestions of what to do during an earthquake. The book closes with the calming reassurance that the chances of being hurt in an earthquake are very slim.
This book does not include a great deal of detail, but I think it does a good job of what it is intended to do: introduce a child to the subject of earthquakes. The photographs are my favorite part.
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I purchased this book as apart of a 4th grade Literacy curriculum. It is convenient to present via SMART board to the class.
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By Nance Seile on February 10, 2014
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This is a good book to illustrate what can happen during an earthquake...something that might help if a person found themselves in a similar situation.
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