This offering from the new Witness to Disaster series introduces readers to these violent eruptions, using eyewitness accounts to explain the history and science involved. They begin with a report of the 1943 birth of a volcano in Paricutín, Mexico, which grew to a height of almost 2,000 feet and completely destroyed a farmer's cornfield and an entire village. Subsequent chapters describe other celebrated volcanoes, explain their causes and types, note the benefits of these eruptions, and clarify how they are currently predicted. New vocabulary is defined within the text and in the appended glossary. Numerous clear, well-chosen photographs and diagrams help to convey the great power of volcanic activity and the consequences to humans. Pull-quote comments from volcanologists, other scientists, and everyday witnesses to these disasters, designed to hook readers' interest, are a distinct plus. Capped with the usual back matter, this will be useful for report writers, and a fascinating pick for browsers. Weisman, Kay
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About the Author
Judith and Dennis Fradin have published over 150 books for children. They have won many awards, including the 2004 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor book award for The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine
. Their most recent National Geographic title 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery
was named one of Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of the Year, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a School Library Journal
Best Book of the Year, and received a Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.