Time For Kids
by Time for Kids Editors with Barbara Collins
For science loving kids, it's fantastic to find inexpensive, easy-to-read books filled
with dramatic photographs - and what could possibly be more dramatic than photos of the
aftermath of an earthquake. In this book, children learn about the plates that make up the
earth's crust, and how scientists study earthquakes with the goal of some day being able
to predict them. It includes interesting side bits such as the unusual behavior of animals
just before an earthquake and early earthquake detection devices in China.
At level two, the text itself mixes both longer, complex sentences with very simple
sentences, such as this: "But sometimes animals act strangely before an earthquake hits.
Birds fly in circles. Dogs bark for hours." The book also includes some challenging vocabulary
like foreshocks, tsunami, and magnitude. Though the reading does include some challenges,
the fascinating subject matter helps encourage kids to stick with it. My six-year-old
daughter found it interesting enough to read over and over.
NOTE: Reviewer Jan
Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of
stories and articles for the children's magazine market.