written by Louise and Richard Spilsbury
(Heinemann Library) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
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On page 6 of Shattering Earthquakes is the clearest, most kid-friendly description of what causes an earthquake that I have ever read. Authors Louise and Richard Spilsbury describe the crust of the earth cracking like the shell of an egg and that the plates formed by this cracking "float like huge rafts on hot, liquid rock that bubbles deep inside the Earth." Throughout this book, they seek to explain scientific phenomena by comparing it to things (rafts, ripples on a pond, etc.) that a kid would understand. There are several other features that I really like about this book. Contained in the book are four case studies of famous recent earthquakes that have taken place around the world. Facts like time, location on a map, and the size of each of these earthquakes is located within each case study. A map of the world on page 10 also shows the "Ring of Fire" around the Pacific Ocean where many volcanoes and earthquakes occur. In the latter half of the book there is information about the efforts of scientists to predict earthquakes and what you can do if you are in an area experiencing an earthquake. Included in the back matter are a glossary and website addresses including one for a kid's site produced by the U.S. Geological Survey. Check out the animations and an excellent ABC book about earthquakes. Shattering Earthquakes is also a superb book for teaching nonfiction text features.
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