Have you ever seen a volcano erupt? Probably not. Reading this book is almost as good. The straight forward text helps the reader get up close and personal with a volcano. Five short chapters with lots of subheading paragraphs dole out the right amount of information. Each chapter begins with dialogue between two brothers and sets the reader up for what is to come. Brilliantly colored photographs add much to the overall picture. Paragraphs contain words in bold. The words are simply defined right on the bottom of the page allowing the freedom to keep reading without having to go to the back of the book for a definition. The volcano followed here is Mt. Saint Helens. The process for the building up of a volcano is aptly shown. While information is technical, it is not overwhelming. One chapter is devoted to the myths people created over time to explain how volcanoes came about. Featured are Mt. St. Helens in Washington, Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii, and Mount Fuji in Japan. This book is part of the "High Five" series offering high interest topics at a readable level. Add this to any classroom studying science. 2004, Red Brick Learning/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
Nancy Garhan Attebury