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Volcanoes don't always look like mountains; they aren't always full of fire. Some are holes in the ground; some form under the sea. And despite their reputation for destruction, volcanoes produce new mountains, new islands, and new soil. Visit some of the world's most remarkable volcanoes along with one of the most outstanding science writers in children's books. It's an extraordinary—and unforgettable—trip.

Explains, in simple terms, the characteristics of volcanoes...

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Overview

Volcanoes don't always look like mountains; they aren't always full of fire. Some are holes in the ground; some form under the sea. And despite their reputation for destruction, volcanoes produce new mountains, new islands, and new soil. Visit some of the world's most remarkable volcanoes along with one of the most outstanding science writers in children's books. It's an extraordinary—and unforgettable—trip.

Explains, in simple terms, the characteristics of volcanoes and describes some famous eruptions and their aftermath.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
An armchair tour of some of the more impressive volcanoes around the world.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Mr. Simon's brief, tight narrative about four major types of volcanoes is accompanied by striking full-page photographs that include Mt. St. Helens' eruption, the island of Surtsey's formation, and Hawaiian volcanic activity. The science is clear and the photographs are crisp and stunning.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
This book combines many elements that children find fascinating-fire, rock, explosions. In his usual clear, accurate prose, Simon describes the types of volcanoes and explains the process of volcanic eruption. Details are provided about recent eruptions such as those in Iceland (Surtsey) and Hawaii (Kilauea). Crisp photographs supplement the text; especially enjoyable are the "before-and-after" shots of Mount St. Helens. 1995 (orig.
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Gr 3-7 Simon presents information on volcanoes to young readers in an understandable text and colorful format. While Lauber's Volcano Bradbury, 1986 primarily describes the life cycle of Mount St. Helens, this book provides a general overview of the types of volcanoes found around the world. It does not replace, but complements, Lauber's work. Further, it can be used successfully to generate interest on the part of those readers reluctant to pick up nonfiction books, as Simon gives readers an armchair tour of some of the more impressive volcanoes around the world: Mount St. Helens, the undersea volcanoes in Iceland, and Mauna Loa in Hawaii. The book is graced with many illuminating color photos that bring the text to life. However, the illustration of the plates, or crust layers of the earth, is somewhat difficult to understand. Better diagrams can be found in the adult source, Cottrell's Born of Fire: the Volcanic Origins of Yellowstone National Park Rinehart, 1987. Still, this is a useful and attractive addition to science collections, as it is likely to become a favorite choice of young scientists. Stephen W. Zsiray, Jr., Cache County School District, North Logan, Utah
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606083478
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Informative

    My 3 year old is fascinated with volcanos, and this was the only children's book at the store on the subject, so I bought it. The book is definately too advanced for him, but he loves it anyway. The photos are excellent and the book is very informative. It is great for elementary school children that are learning about volcanos and science. It gives very descriptive information about all types of volcanos all over the world.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    very good

    brought for my 5 yr old son..great photos and very informatve..he loves this book

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Volcanoes

    This is very simplistic. I read this book with and to my 4 and 5 year old grandkids. They love it. This is very good for first and second graders as well.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    a total waste of money

    I purchased this item when I was not able to order the equivalent volume in the Discoveries Series. I trusted the Smithsonian name and the listing of this as an alternative. Even at the small price it was a total waste of money--virtually no substantive scientific content, no diagrams or explanations of volcanic activity, only superficial text with outdated photographs. My purpose in ordering this book was to assist my second-grade daughter with her science fair project. We ended up using one of the photographs (cited of course) and none of the content. For the same price we would have been much, much happier with the Discoveries Volcanoes and Earthquakes book had it been available.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    great book for future scientists

    my kids are 2.5 and 4 and love for me to read while they look at the pictures

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 27, 2013

    This book is the best book in the hole whide world I lovet!

    I have read the best book in the world over three years in a row.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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