Wildfire

Wildfire

by Taylor Morrison
     
 

Every summer, wildfires spread through the forests of the western United States, threatening homes and entire communities in their paths. Hundreds of firefighters work tirelessly to control this extremely powerful and unpredictable force of nature. But despite the seemingly devastating effects of wildfires, they also play an essential role in forest

Overview

Every summer, wildfires spread through the forests of the western United States, threatening homes and entire communities in their paths. Hundreds of firefighters work tirelessly to control this extremely powerful and unpredictable force of nature. But despite the seemingly devastating effects of wildfires, they also play an essential role in forest ecosystems.

For anyone who has ever been fascinated by the awesome power of fire, or intrigued by the courageous and carefully coordinated efforts of firefighters, Taylor Morrison’s beautiful and thoroughly researched book takes a comprehensive look at wildfires, their causes, and the methods employed to control them.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A fascinating overview of the people involved in fighting wildfires and the techniques and equipment they use. Detailed paintings aid in explaining how firefighters work and in describing the natural conditions that lead to initial fires and more dangerous developments such as blowups."—SLJ, starred School Library Journal, Starred

"Morrison presents a convincing argument for the importance of prescribed fires to restore and preserve the ponderosa pine forests." Horn Book

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Hot, dry summers produce forest fires that require hundreds of trained firefighters and volunteers to bring them under control. Well-researched and colorfully illustrated, Morrison details how fires develop and the conditions that cause them to rage out of control, the tireless work of the firefighters, the equipment used not only to fight fires but also to predict them, and the attention to detail required to bring this destructive force of nature under control. This is only part of the story. Morrison makes a strong case for the use of prescribed fires. These controlled fires are necessary to thin the Ponderosa pine forests and stabilize the ecosystem. Unfortunately these fires are not popular with the public, but the author makes a strong case for their use. The narrative is precise and as intense as its subject, and it does require very careful reading. In some cases it is necessary to re-read sections for full comprehension, but one is rewarded with a very informative and thorough discussion of wildfires. Dramatic paintings depict the power of fire, and smaller drawings are explicit in illustrating the finer points of the text. Pair this with Patricia Lauber's Summer of Fire for a fascinating look at nature in one of its most powerful moments.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A fascinating overview of the people involved in fighting wildfires and the techniques and equipment they use. Detailed paintings aid in explaining how firefighters work and in describing the natural conditions that lead to initial fires and more dangerous developments such as blowups. Morrison introduces readers to fire lookouts and the tools they use to spot and chart the location of smoke in distant forests. He discusses the specialized tasks assigned to crews on the ground and in the air as they work to contain the flames. The importance of prescribed burns is emphasized as are the dangerous conditions that develop in forests of ponderosa pines when fires are not allowed to remove dead growth as part of a natural cycle. The pages are packed with visual and textual information, but readers who don't want to learn details about topics such as the operation of a sling psychrometer can concentrate on more general aspects. A thorough glossary is appended. Related books include Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Fire: Friend or Foe (Clarion, 1998) and Karen Magnuson Beil's Fire in Their Eyes (Harcourt, 1999). Those titles use photographs to provide a different kind of immediacy. Patent offers a broad perspective on the entire subject of wildfires while Beil concentrates on personal narratives. However, both titles complement Morrison's detailed paintings.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dramatic paintings of forest fires and a close look at the specialized tools used to fight them make this an engaging science and nature title. Morrison provides a clear view of how modern firefighters track and monitor forest fires with GPS, satellite transmissions and infrared scanners. He peppers the text with quotes that capture the danger of the job and demonstrate the courage and dedication required. Paintings layered on the pages show firefighters working to control blazes with chemicals, dropping water from helicopters, wielding chain saws and shovels and deliberately setting "burnout" fires to reduce the damage. He describes the mopping up, a slow dirty job, where firefighters crawl around "cold trailing" in the dirt, searching for hidden pockets of heat, and may be badly burned falling into a cauldron of smoldering underground stumps. Interviews with experts on forest management explain why modern forest fires are more severe that in the past and why conservationists are rethinking how forest fires should be fought. Another fine title packed with information and striking in its visual appeal from the author/illustrator of such titles as The Coast Mappers (2004) and The Great Unknown (2001). (bibliography, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618509003
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/24/2006
Edition description:
None
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,053,030
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Taylor Morrison pairs his artistic talent with extensive research to bring readers engaging nonfiction picturebooks. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has illustrated several books for children. He was born in Kansas, raised in Illinois, and now makes his home in Oregon.

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