Asteroid Strikes

Asteroid Strikes

by Victor Gentle, Janet Perry
     
 

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Children's Literature
Many children enjoy the vicarious chills of reading a scary book. This book is about comets and meteoroids, as well as asteroids. The first page, titled "Wipe Out," talks about the asteroid that hit Earth about 65 million years ago. The authors provide a detailed account of what happened and say that most scientists believe it probably "caused the sudden extinction of many species of animals and plants, including the dinosaurs." They then give an overview of more recent impacts, revealing that scientists know about an asteroid that will come close enough to hit the Moon in about three years. "But there are many asteroids that scientists still don't know about." On the following page there is a brief discussion about what we could possibly do to avoid an asteroid impact, but the page ends with the less-than-comforting statement—"If the asteroid was due to hit us next year, we probably would not be able to stop it." This is not reassuring reading, especially for young readers. Several of the photographs are graphic, adding to the "fright-index." The book is part of "Natural Disasters" series. 2001, Gareth Stevens, $19.93. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Ellen R. Butts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836828313
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Natural Disasters Series
Edition description:
ILLUSTRATE
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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