Once, when I was a child of eight, I saw a short video clip of hot lava spilling down a mountainside. I was mesmerized. I wondered how hot it was. I wondered what would happen if I touched it. In short, I was in dire need of Volcanoes.
Volcanoes explores the subject of volcanoes with a clever mix of actual scientific data and stories concerning historic eruptions (Mount Saint Helens, Vesuvius, etc.) Included are gobs of pictures of volcanoes both active and dormant, and of scientists examining volcanic sites.
One thing that I really liked about Volcanoes was that it didn’t shy away from using large words, but it always explained what the words meant. After they read this book, not only will your children know the difference between active, dormant, and extinct volcanoes, but they’ll also know what lahars and pyroclastic flows are. : )
One of the pictures included is a faraway shot of a peopled beach.
A picture is included of some of the eerie remains (read: the molds of corpses) from the eruption of Vesuvius.
Conclusion. A great resource for children.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret