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Tummy Rumble Quake (Mom's Choice Award Winner) Paperback – August 1, 2017
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Tummy Rumble Quake by Heather L. Beal is an educational and informative story that tells children how to handle issues in a calm and composed manner when there is an earthquake. I like the way in which the author explains earthquakes and what needs to be done to stay safe during an earthquake in a simple manner that can be understood by young readers. Children will know what has to be done to remain safe during an earthquake after reading this book. The illustrations are lively and they make the concept very clear to young readers. The questions and activities at the end of the story make it an excellent book for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Parents and grandparents can also read it out to their kids and grandkids at home and help them understand about earthquakes and what to do during one. The author makes science and learning interesting through this story, and what a good way to help children learn about earthquakes!
- Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite (5 Star Review)
Tummy Rumble Quake is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.
Get ready to drop, cover and hold on with Tummy Rumble Quake. In the follow on to Elephant Wind, author Heather Beal presents another excellent learning opportunity for all ages. The messages that accompany the wonderful illustrations are not only important, but also easy to understand. Children learn how to handle issues surrounding an earthquake in a non-frightening and empowering way. The positive messages in Tummy Rumble Quake allow children to participate in their own safety and convey the need for preparation. This book will probably become a most ‘often requested’ book for grandparents, parents, and children.
- Howard Pierpont – Institute for Preparedness and Resilience
Second title in a successful juvenile safety series, "Tummy Rumble Quake" is a child's safety procedures manual for earthquakes drills. Written for children ages 4-8 by a military veteran with over 20 years of crisis management and operational planning experience, "Tummy Rumble Quake" sets up a children's classroom for adorable animal children students as a laboratory for teaching accepted standard safety procedures to practice during earthquakes. Along with a class full of eager students, Lily and Niko Rabbit learn to "drop, cover, and hold on," when caught indoors during an earthquake. The also learn similar safety steps to take if caught outside during an earthquake, or even in a car. Procedures are taught in simple statements such as "drop, cover, and hold on," and also in song. "If the room starts to rock, stop what you're doing and drop. Get under cover on the floor; hold on till it's safe once more." Bright colored, cheery illustrations show animal students practicing Great ShakeOut moves and safety procedures with their teacher, Ms Mandy. A calm, non-frightening tone and approach is emphasized throughout the story, which is helpful for kids in dealing with the scary issue of earthquake drills and procedures. At the end of "Tummy Rumble Quake" there are learning questions and activities from Lily and Niko Rabbit, plus safety resources at, www.train4safety.com/ready-tots/ to print out a certificate of training completion and more reference information about earthquake safety. Like the first title in this series, "Elephant Wind," "Tummy Rumble Quake" addresses its audience of readers ages 4-8 directly, with gentleness, warmth and caring. Watch for more disaster preparedness titles for tots by this author at Train 4 Safety Press.
- The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Heather was raised to give 100% to every endeavor. Since her earliest experiences in Girl Scouts, numerous volunteer events and organizations, she has always sought to make a difference. After graduating college, she served our country with 23 years of distinguished Naval service. Dedicated to self-improvement, she obtained masters degrees in Asian studies, conflict resolution, cyber security policy and emergency management while on active duty. She is qualified as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with the International Association of Emergency Mangers. She is currently working on a PhD in Emergency Management with a special study focus on childcare recovery. As a working parent of two, she became aware of just how much of a gap existed in emergency preparedness and recovery training and resources for childcare providers and vowed to use her experiences, education, and more importantly, motivation, to help improve current limitations. In addition to publishing books to help teach children about what to do in case of disaster, she has also created a nonprofit, BLOCKS. BLOCKS' mission is to help prepare childcare for disaster. You can learn more about her nonprofit efforts at www.blocksusa.org. Please see www.train4safety.com to learn more about other books available to help prepare your little ones for disaster or to suggest areas we should focus on. Thank you for your support and enjoy the book!
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So the class (or whatever you call them) at this day care center is prepping for something called the Great ShakeOut (apparently a real thing -- I'm glad to hear that it exists), which is an Earthquake Preparedness activity. As part of that, they learn a bit about what causes earthquakes, what to do during one to say safe, and get some questions answered about the safety of others.
So you get a little bit of a narrative -- just enough to give the kids something to hang on to -- and you run it through some basic lessons that are given in a way to help the reader (or person being read to) remember and learn from them. I don't know if seismologists would use the comparison to a rumbling tummy, but how many of them write children's books? It's a comparison that'll stick.
My main -- really, only -- gripe with this is the song. There's no way to know how to sing this -- I'm sure it's best set to a familiar tune, but I have no idea what would work. I'd want to sing this to any kids I read this to/with -- and I have so little musical ability that there's no way I could even begin to guess what it should sound like. It's a great idea, and just the kind of thing that'd help cement the lessons in the mind of the target audience. But without a tune, it's just a little rhyme that isn't nearly as effective.
Sager's art does the job -- the colors are great and eye-catching. It's clearly drawn on a computer, but retains a hand-drawn feel. I can't say I was dazzled by it, but I can also say that I've seen worse. I can't imagine many children in the target audience wouldn't find the illustrations suitable and effective (but probably not in those words).
This book is such a great idea -- really. I like the concept, I think the execution is good, too. This is the kind of thing that'll implant itself in little brains and stay there for years. Parents, teachers, librarians, grandparents, and so on would really do well to pick this up and put it in front of young eyes.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author.
Tummy Rumble Quake delivers information about earthquakes and earthquake safety in a way that young children can understand. It emphasises the safety aspects, and reminds the children of what to do in the event of an earthquake with a little song. It also opens the door for a discussion about these important safety procedures and allows the children to ask questions in a safe environment. I think it would be a good addition to classrooms in areas where earthquakes are common.
I had no idea what the Great ShakeOut was, so I Googled it. I assume that it is common for schools in areas prone to Earthquakes to participate in the Great ShakeOut and that the term would already be familiar to many readers there, however, the story could have been just as effective without these references.
Well, when I read Beal’s other safety picture book, Elephant Wind, I greatly disliked the illustrations, and that hasn’t changed for this book. However, the facial expressions have improved profoundly, Dylan’s arms are more in proportion and Ms Mandy’s feet are better this time round. So whilst I still don’t enjoy this style, these illustrations are an improvement.
Tummy Rumble Quake is most suitable for reading to pre-schoolers and lower primary school children.
*I received this book as a digital copy from the author, who asked me for an honest review of this book. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.