Fire: Friend or Foe

Fire: Friend or Foe

by William Munoz, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
     
 

Fire has frightened and fascinated human beings for centuries. Although we often think of fire as only hurtful, it can play an essential part in maintaining the natural balance of nature. As science explores the role of naturally occurring fires, we have become better skilled at utilizing fire and living alongside its dangers. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's authoritative

Overview

Fire has frightened and fascinated human beings for centuries. Although we often think of fire as only hurtful, it can play an essential part in maintaining the natural balance of nature. As science explores the role of naturally occurring fires, we have become better skilled at utilizing fire and living alongside its dangers. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's authoritative text—coupled with William Munoz's spectacular photographs—documents scientists' growing knowledge of the awesome power of fire. Index.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Patent and Munoz's title gives libraries another excellent purchase option in a key subject area." School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Discussing forest fires and the effect they have on the world, Patent focuses on the regenerative powers of forests following disaster. Excellent full-color photographs show how burned forests regrow in stages and how animals make their way back to these charred areas. A highlight of this text is the clear explanation of a smokejumper's job, equipment, and training-a plus for vocational education. A discussion of fires in Yellowstone National Park from 1988 to the present provide a vivid example of how fires begin, how they're fought, and the results on a single ecosystem over time. All in all, Patent has delivered another well-researched, clearly explained, and well-illustrated book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395730812
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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"Patent and Munoz's title gives libraries another excellent purchase option in a key subject area." School Library Journal

Meet the Author

William Munoz has an avid interest in ecology and the environment and has taken the photographs for a number of books written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Mr. Munoz lives in Hamilton, Montana.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Washington Post— Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, which includes more than 130 books for children and young adults on subjects ranging from biodiversity to the spirit bear. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about her on her web site: www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com.

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