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Gopher to the Rescue! A Volcano Recovery Story

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The forest animals are surprised when a volcano suddenly explodes, covering the land in gritty, warm ash and rocks that make it unlivable for many plants and animals. Gopher survives in his underground burrow with food to eat. How does Gopher help bring life back to the mountain? Scientists spent years observing life returning to the mountain following the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. This fictionalized story is based on their surprising observations of how life returns to an area that has been ...

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The forest animals are surprised when a volcano suddenly explodes, covering the land in gritty, warm ash and rocks that make it unlivable for many plants and animals. Gopher survives in his underground burrow with food to eat. How does Gopher help bring life back to the mountain? Scientists spent years observing life returning to the mountain following the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. This fictionalized story is based on their surprising observations of how life returns to an area that has been totally changed or destroyed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607181316
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 823,569
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    When a volcano erupts, is it possible for the surrounding countr

    When a volcano erupts, is it possible for the surrounding countryside which has been devastated to recover, and if so, how can it occur? All the animals in the wilderness, such as the snowshoe hare, the black bear, the gopher, the elk, the squirrel, sense that something is different on the nearby mountain. The ground shakes. Steam and ash burst from the mountain’s top. Then the volcano erupts. Many of the animals are killed, but gopher is safe in his burrow with plenty of tasty roots and bulbs to eat. Over the next few days, weeks, months, and years, what happens to bring both plant and animal life back to the mountain area? And what part does gopher play in it all?
    This fictionalized story, with text by science author Terry Catasus Jennings and art by scientific illustrator Laurie O’Keefe, is based on the surprising observations made by scientists who have spent years studying the return of life to the mountain following the eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980. The “For Creative Minds” section has further information on volcanoes and tectonic plates, a quiz concerning how natural disasters bring habitat changes, and a hands-on activity about pressure and melting. In addition, sixty to seventy pages of cross-curricular teaching activities and three interactive reading comprehension and math quizzes on Gopher to the Rescue can be found at the publisher’s website to help parents and educators extend the learning possibilities. It is a picture book that is both fun to read and great as a launching pad for educational discussion.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

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    Gopher Helps Save the Earth! My Review: In this book you will l

    Gopher Helps Save the Earth!

    My Review: In this book you will learn how the gopher saves the earth after a volcano eruption. How the gopher mixes the soil from his tunnels with the crusty ash, adding life giving nutrients. The nutrient helps plants to grow and the gopher helps the mountain to recover. The plants starts to grow and animals starts to return to the mountain. The book also includes four pages of learning activities about What and Where Are Volcanoes?, Tectonic Plates, Natural Disasters and Habitat Changes and Hands On: Pressure and Melting.
    Interesting illustrations by Laurie O’Keefe helped bring the book to life.


    Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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