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Children's LiteratureIt would be difficult, if not impossible, to imagine the 4th of July without fireworks. How in the world are those spectacular, glittery bursts of light in the nighttime sky made? How are they set off? How can they be different shapes, sizes, colors and textures and make sound? Learn all about the process from start to finish in this top notch book taking the reader through a tour of the fireworks factory. There are multiple close up, color photographs illustrating each section (consisting of black powder, stars and inserts, assembly, fuses and display). The text descriptions are thorough yet are not overly technical and flow easily. A glossary is located at the end of the book defining unfamiliar terms such as "break powder," "igniting" and "mortars". The final photograph in the book shows a stunning display of fireworks over the United States capitol building. Highly recommended. 2004, Clara House Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan