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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.

The Book

March 2006
Early Reader [Age Level: Ages 4 - 8]
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2006
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.
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