Earthquakes

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What makes the earth quake?

Every day there are more than 1,000 earthquakes on our planet. Most are very small, but each year a few are big enough to knock down buildings. What causes these quakes, and how can you stay safe if one is happening? Read on to find out.

Author Biography: Franklyn M. Branley is the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the award-winning author of over 140 popular books for readers of all ages. ...

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Overview

What makes the earth quake?

Every day there are more than 1,000 earthquakes on our planet. Most are very small, but each year a few are big enough to knock down buildings. What causes these quakes, and how can you stay safe if one is happening? Read on to find out.

Author Biography: Franklyn M. Branley is the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the award-winning author of over 140 popular books for readers of all ages. He is Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium. Dr. Branley lives in Brunswick, Maine.

Discusses why earthquakes happen, what their sometimes devastating effects can be, where the danger zones are, and what measures people can take to safeguard themselves.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Mr. Branley explains earthquakes to very young readers in one of his many titles in the "Let's Read and Find Out" series especially for inquisitive primary graders.
Children's Literature - Jessy Deutsch
This book builds on the exciting idea that the earth is always moving, however imperceptibly. The author explains the "hows, whys, and whens" of the world's earthquakes-great and small. With inviting illustrations, carefully defined terms, and hands-on activities designed to help children feel and understand the concept of "waves" of motion, young readers can explore the scientific meaning of the earthquake phenomenon and gain a practical perspective on what to do if ever the ground beneath them begins to "jiggle a bit." Part of the "Lets-Read-&-Find-Out Science" series. 1995 (orig.
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Gr 2-4-- A look at the dynamics of quakes, early detection systems, and measures taken by architects and city planners to lessen dangers after an earthquake occurs. Branley's explanations are in terms that children will easily understand, and the information is compressed into child-size bites, especially when describing earthquake motions. Branley may be too concise, however, when he fails to state the connection between seismic waves and readings on the Richter scale. Only an adult will be able to deduce what is only implied in the text rather than spelled out. A readable book with brightly colored illustrations that are serviceable but not particularly inspired. --Gloria Amann, New York Public Library
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Gr 2-4-A slightly larger format and new, colorful illustrations and diagrams accompany the original 1990 text in this new edition. The simple, easy-to-read narrative describes the causes and effects of earthquakes (including a tsunami) and safety measures to be taken during one. New additions include a page of earthquake facts, a list of the 10 most destructive (as determined by the number of fatalities), and a Web site. A nice update, if your old copy is suffering from circulation fatigue.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780690046618
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-out Science Books Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.23 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Franklyn M. Branley was the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium.

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