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Children's LiteratureEarthquakes are daily happenings throughout the world, although most go unnoticed. Just before Christmas in 1811 pioneer families experience the "worst earthquake in history" with plenty of bouncing, tumbling, and crackling. The author shares the fear-provoking experiences and then attempts to help young readers understand the earthquake phenomenon in relation to the earth's composition. Despite text explanations and colorful, creative collage artwork, the scientific concepts in examining the nature and causes of earthquakes are too difficult for most children to understand. Examples found in the Author's Note provide a more appropriate insight to the topic: he compares tectonic plates to a jigsaw puzzle and illustrates the resemblance of the great Atlantic Ocean rift to a seam in a baseball. Simplistic models, graphs, labels, and comparisons would have strengthened the presentation. A short list of related titles is included in the book. There is no glossary or index. This title is too challenging for beginning learners. Earthquakes by Franklyn M. Branley provides youngsters with a clear-cut introduction to earth's geological changes. 2004, Boyd Mills Press, Ages 5 to 8.