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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
What causes an environmental disaster? How can these events be prevented? With vivid photographs, Michael and Mary Woods take young readers through chemical leaks, oil spills, toxic pollution, nuclear accidents, and other environmental disasters, demonstrating the disastrous effects these events have on people, wildlife, and the environment. The photographs provide an amazing glimpse into the destructive forces and other impacts on the environment. In addition, the quotes and reflections from people who were there bring the disasters from dusty history books into the living rooms of young readers. Readers will experience the drying of the Aral Sea, the sinking of the Prestige, the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, an explosion in a chemical plant in Jilin, China, dust storms on the Great Plains in the 1930s, a near-disaster at Three Mile Island, a leak in a chemical plant in Bhopal, India, and a killer smog in London in the early 1950s. At the conclusion of this informative book, the authors include a time line of environmental disasters. Young readers will find this nonfiction work to be interesting and informative, and it is highly recommended for homes and libraries. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.