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Arnold, Eric. Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4). Random House Books for Young Readers (June 10, 1997)

ISBN: 0679886419
Ages 4-8

Describes the eruption of Mount St. Helen's in Washington State in 1980 and provides a simple explanation of how and why volcanoes erupt.

Field, Nancy. Discovering Volcanoes (Discovery Library). Dog-Eared Publications; (June 1, 1996)

ISBN: 0941042030

     Uncover the mysteries of the erupting earth. Discovering Volcanoes explodes with volcanic information and FUN, stimulating activities. Travel with a volcanaut. Play the game Boom. Solve a volcano riddle. Build a volcano. Explore the Ring of Fire. Discovering Volcanoes provides scientifically accurate information on geologic and volcanic features and processes. It is a fun way to introduce young scientists to volcanism." (Julie Donnaly-Nolan, Volcanologist) "Discovering Volcanoes has been one of the best selling children's book in Northwest Interpretive Association outlets since 1980." (Northwest Interpretive Association) "The interactive nature of Discovering Volcanoes is perfect for cooperative learning activities. This is truly a quality science book that will appeal to many different learning styles. From my experience, I would highly recommend it to educators and parents." (Betsy Palmer Cornell, Intermediate Teacher)
Harrison, David L., and Cheryl Nathan. Volcanoes: Natures Incredible Fireworks (Earthworks). Boyds Mills Press (August 1, 2002)

ISBN: 1563979969
Ages 4-8

     In clear text and simple pictures, the author and illustrator offer a look at volcanoes and the forces at work deep beneath the earth. The book addresses basic questions such as how rocks get so hot that they melt and what causes a volcano. A colorful diagrammatic look at the four layers of the earth is followed by a fundamental explanation of plate tectonics. Passing mention is made of Mount St. Helens and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. An author's note offers slightly more in-depth material. It's unfortunate that there is no glossary, but the book is still a fine addition to libraries and a good jumping-off place for further exploration.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc

Lauber, Patricia. Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mt St. Helens. Rebound by Sagebrush (October 1, 1999)

ISBN: 0785705384
Ages 9-12

     Mount St. Helen's powerful explosions in 1980 shook the country for hundreds of miles; its destructive mudflow leveled whole forests, and left behind desolate landscapes. Almost from the moment the volcano quieted down, there has been a slow but steady return of life to the mountain. With Lauber's taut prose and well-edited photographs, the reader relives the eruption and healing. The author begins with scientists' predictions, 123 years before the volcano blew; documents the actual blast; then traces the surviving plant, animal and insect life which continue to develop to this day. Lauber also explains how these survivors created a base on which other life forms could take hold. The full-color photos allow readers to observe the contrasts caused by the eruptions: a peaceful lake becomes a lunar mudhole, green plants grow stubbornly out of cracks in the hard crust. This is a magnificent, awe-inspiring work. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Morris, Neil. Volcanoes (The Wonders of Our World. ) Crabtree Publishing Company (October 1, 1995)

ISBN: 0865058385
Ages 4-8

     Dramatic full-color photos of eruptions such as Mount St. Helens help show how volcanoes are created, different kinds of eruptions and cone formations, and why tsunamis often follow.

Simon, Seymour. Danger! Volcanoes (Seemore Readers). Seastar (Chronicle Books) (July 1, 2002)

ISBN: 1587171821
Ages 4-8

     Simon gets to the essence of his subjects through bold, dramatic color photographs and short, crisp texts. Volcanoes begins with two full-page spreads of volcanoes erupting, first with a sky of smoke and then with a sky of fire. There can be no doubt in youngsters' minds that they are reading about something powerful, and Simon describes the damage as well as the positive aspects of these explosions. The photographs are so compelling that it is a shame that they are not identified (although the sources are given). How a volcano changes the weather and how lava comes through that hole in the ground are left unanswered, but this introductory book is meant to whet the appetite, and that it does. Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc

Simon, Seymour. Volcanoes. HarperTrophy (April 25, 1995)

ISBN: 0688140297
Ages 5-8

    From ancient myths to modern headlines, volcanoes are among the world's most amazing phenomena. Using examples like St. Helens and the volcanoes of Iceland and Hawaii, the author is able to address all aspects of his subject: the history, nature and causes of volcanoes. But given the expert presentations and finesse readers have come to expect from Simon, this work seems more difficult than it needs to be, and lacks the forcefulness and clarity of his previous books. However, Volcanoes is a good choice for reading aloud and as a lead-in to discussions; the superb full-color photographs redeem any shortcomings of the text. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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