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January 3, 2008

Earth Erupts: Volcanoes

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Earth Erupts: Volcanoes

Author: Mary Colson

Page Length: 48 (including glossary and index)

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Non-fiction


REVIEW & AREAS FOR TEACHING: These books are excellent teaching tools no matter what grade level they are being utilized with. Non-fiction sources don’t get much better than this. The graphics are superb, the interesting facts fascinating, and the breakdown of the material is wonderful (it’s a shame science textbooks aren’t written in this format).


The book is divided into 8 chapters. Each chapter contains photos with captions, quotes from spectators or scientists who have witnessed a volcanic event, hot words and hot facts about the topic. Thinking Maps would be excellent tools for breaking down and analyzing the information provided in the Colson texts. Page 8 even begins with a flow map of how a volcano erupts. Each set of pages contains so much information that several readings may be required. These books would also be excellent tools for group work and addressing individual skills.


Colson begins by explaining the beauty and danger of a volcano. She delves into the earth to reveal where volcanoes come from and why they explode. The reader learns about ancient history and how the Romans and even the Hawaiians have believed that volcanoes stemmed from their gods and goddesses.  Next, Colson details the science of volcanoes by examining the composition of the earth and plate tectonics. She details the three types of volcanoes (an excellent tree map) and the VEI, Volcanic Explosivity Index. She goes on to examine famous volcanoes both past and present and to pose the question: when and where will the next big eruption be and what will be the devastating effects? Eruption styles are detailed (another great tree map). Life after an eruption is examined; and, as in every Colson books, safety tips are detailed. The book concludes with for organizations and search tips for finding out more. The last two pages contain a glossary and an index.




REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor



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