Children's Literature - Allison FettersThe nature of chemical spills and the procedures taken to contain them are presented within this text. The information provides an insight into the nature of chemicals and how at times they must not come in contact with other elements. When they do, catastrophe can occur. Numerous examples of previous chemical spills around the world are provided. These examples give the reader a relatively in depth glimpse into the dangers of chemical spills and the steps that were taken toward remediation. The glossary is succinct and informative as it provides clear definitions for new words presented in the text. The illustrations throughout are artistically displayed contributing to the overall artistic yet serious quality of the text. The supplemental information, such as Saving the Environment and At-A-Glance, provide the reader with additional resources to explore for further study of this type of disaster. The index is all-conclusive and provides a nice final piece to an informative book. Part of the "Emergency!" series. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4�7—This series gives overviews of major disasters, both natural and man-made, occurring within the last 150 years, including the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster of 2011. Both the writing and the images convey a sense of urgency and immediacy. Numerous color photographs show the devastation caused by the varying catastrophes. Each disaster is briefly chronicled (location, history, dates, impact, etc.), and any lessons learned about safety or prevention are summarized. Some of the disasters have "At-a-Glance" text boxes that contain related information. Despite a typo and a glaring error (Plane Crash states, "Osama bin Laden has never been caught."), the narratives are clear. This series contains enough basic information for reports, and its eye-catching design will appeal to browsers and reluctant readers.
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