Explaining the Earth's Movement for Young Readers

Summary:

Beneath the surface of the earth, there is lots going on. There are earthquakes every day, because the earth is moving. Each movement (or quake) causes waves, which scientists track and measure. Scientists can also measure the size of an earthquake. Learn about some of the most devastating earthquakes in history, as well as ways to prepare for and protect yourself in an earthquake.


Parent Perspective:
We have read a number of the Let's Read and Find Out books, and this is definitely the best so far. The material is presented in a way that gives readers the facts, but doesn't sound like a textbook. Including specific events in history from different parts of the world also helped make it more "real" than just a science book.

It would have been nice to provide more information - either in the main text or as an appendix - on how to prepare for an earthquake (or natural disaster). The image that goes with how to protect yourself is three happy kids under a desk. There isn't a comparable level of detail on how to prepare at home. Overall, a good selection for sharing with kids in 2nd through 4th grades.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers whose interests are piqued by "big things," will enjoy this easy-to-absorb book about earthquakes. It is not so scientific as to read like a textbook, and has lots of interesting data that will grab their attention.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. The book talks about what happens in an earthquake, which can be scary for some readers. BUT it is not presented in a scary, over-the-top manner in this book.


Type of Book:
This is a nonfiction picture book that explains earthquakes through science and actual events.
Educational Themes:

There are more details about earthquakes and a glossary of geologic terms in the back of the book. Additionally, the book provides some basic, easy-to-understand safety tips. As a family, let the book guide you on what to do and how to prepare for an earthquake or similar natural disaster.

Reading Level:
4.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The information is a helpful introduction. Readers will likely want a story, not a scientific explanation.

Title Earthquakes
About

Let's Read and Find Out Science

Author Franklyn M. Branley
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2015 (Revised Edition)
Illustrators Megan Lloyd
ISBN 9780062382023
Material Paperback
Cost $6.99
Genres Science, Geology
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