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Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens Paperback – March 31, 1993
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Well, instead of the book going to the daycare for sharing it's stayed home as a bedtime book. I typically just sort of narrate the very good images in the book and when she asks a question I refer to the text around that image for more information.
The book has fantastic photos of the area (rivers, lakes, trees standing and just utterly blasted away, as well as plants and animals returning to the area) before and after the eruption. There is no photo capturing any human or animal suffering but the billowing ash and smoke was enough to worry my 5-year-old a bit - she certainly understood what those pictures meant.
The text is, in some ways, even better than the photos because it provides a great deal of introductory terms from geology and other physical sciences without being too boring or too difficult for a parent to supplement on the fly.
"Volcano" is an excellent way to explain what volcanoes are and what they can do as well as how the earth is resilient, continually changing, and perhaps can appear serene and whole when just a few short years ago (even within my daughter's father's lifetime!!) the land looked barren and gray.
The suggested age level of 9-12 years (or 3rd to 6th grade) is right on target. I read selected highlights and looked at the photos with my 7-year-old and 5-year-old. Reading the whole text would definitely have been over the younger one's head. However, my 7-year-old was intrigued by the topic and has read the book by himself many times (reads on a 4th-grade level), frequently shares the most interesting facts from the book, and redraws the maps in the book. This book definitely awakened in him an interest in volcanoes specificially, and natural disasters in general.
If you're a child or adult with an especial interest in volcanoes, or in Mt. St. Helens specifically, I would highly recommend this book.
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Love this book!
Will enjoy reading all about Mt. St Helens.
Very informative w/ many Pictures.
Great book. My 7 year old loves this book and the pictures inside. He is obsessed with volcanoes so this book was perfect.Published 13 months ago by Utah non-Mormon stay-at-home mom
My son is obsessed with volcanoes particularly Mt St. Helens. He received this book for Christmas and has read it several times now.Published on January 21, 2014 by Amazon User
My grandson visited Mt St Helens and became very curious about it. Thus this book made sense for his birthday. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by James S. Cleghorn