Children's LiteratureNiki Walker first briefly describes how an accident can lead to a disaster, then leads readers through a series of disasters in a variety of transportation areas. The book describes what can lead to disaster (human error, equipment failure, weather) and provides examples of disasters in a variety of locations (in the air, on the rails, on the highway, on the sea, and under the sea). Walker then provides examples of famous disasters. Recent photographs of burning trains, smashed automobiles, and search and rescue teams make the events vivid. Older photographs of the Hindenburg explosion, and coffins from the sunk Lusitania, as well as drawings of the Titanic, provide historical context. The inclusion of people in the photographs makes the overall effect more powerful and personal than simply a collection of wreckage. There is a short section about "lessons learned" at the end of the book, but it seems a bit overwhelmed by the volume of disasters that precedes it. The book also provides a table of contents, a glossary, and an index to help young readers find the information they are seeking. Part of the "Disaster Alert!" series. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 8 to 12.
Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger