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Publisher:  Guardian Angel Publishing ISBN-10:  1935137549 Type: 


Copyright:  April 2009 ISBN-13:  9781935137542

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The purpose of the book is to give a simple explanation of an earthquake
What causes them?
Can we predict them?
How do we prepare for them?
What to do during an earthquake.
What happens after a big earthquake?

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The Earth

I hate to tell you this, but you canít dig to China.
Earth is like a giant ball. In the center of the ball is a big (really big) hunk of different metals. This is called the Core.
Around the core is a big sea of melted rock and metal. It is thick (like toothpaste) and very VERY hot. (This is why you do not want to dig to China.) The melted rock is called Magma. The place where is magma is located is called the Mantle
Floating on this magma sea are big thick plates made of rock.
On top of all of this, is the rock shell on which we live.
This is called the Crust.
Why donít we fall off?
The law of Gravity keeps us on the earth.
Obey Gravity!
Itís the LAW!

Professional Reviews

New Childrens book about Earthquakes by Mayra Calvani
This children's nonfiction book will make a valuable addition to any classroom, library, or home book shelf. In a clear, straight forward style, supported by interesting factoids and colorful illustrations that kids will relate to, the author explains: earthquake terms, what happens during and after an earthquake, after shocks, earthquake prediction, the Mercalli and Richter scales, how can people prepare and take precautions, emergency supplies, and much more.

Stories for Children Magazine by Wayne S Walker
Have you ever experienced an earthquake? If you havenít, how do you think that you would react to one? In this nonfiction book, author Susan J. Berger explains what earthquakes are, what causes them, what happens when they occur, and what we can do to be prepared for them. The scientifically accurate but highly readable text combined with the colorful illustrations by Eugene E. Ruble will help children understand earthquake terms and learn lots of interesting facts about the subject. For example, did you know that there is a 9 in 10 chance of a medium-sized earthquake happening on the New Madrid fault within the next 50 years?

On April 18, 2008, when we were living in Affton, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, my wife and I were awakened at 4:37 A.M. by a jolt that seemed to shake the bed. There are several things that can cause such a jolt: the blowing of an electrical transformer, an automobile crash nearby, or even a strong gust of wind, although my wife looked out the window, and the trees were still. However, as I went back to sleep, the possibility of an earthquake passed through my mind. Sure enough, when the radio went off at 6:00 A.M., the very first news item was that a 5.2-magnitude earthquake centered at Bellmont, Illinois, had been felt throughout the Midwest shortly after 4:30. Then, while sitting at my desk at 10:14 A. M., I felt another jolt that shook my chair. I immediately checked the Internet and found that a 4.7-magnitude aftershock had been recorded at around a quarter after ten.

This is my personal experience with earthquakes. There was no damage done, and the jolts, while noticeable, were relatively minor. However, Iím sure that all of us have seen reports on television or read articles in the newspapers about other earthquakes that have produced massive destruction and killed many people. Youngsters will find Earthquake to be a fascinating yet fun source of useful information.

Shari LyleSoffe on Earthquake
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Book Review: Earthquake!

Written by Susan J. Berger
Illustrated by Eugene Ruble
Published by Guardian Angel Publishing
Ages 6 to 9
Release: April 2009

This nonfiction book will fascinate children young and old. It offers something to every reader. Susan Bergerís facts and descriptions are informative and easy to understand. Eugene Rubleís illustrations are clever and humorous.

This book is filled with fun factoids. It has charts and graphs, plus illustrations of the inside of the earth. What is an earthquake? Can scientists predict when an earthquake will occur? What do the terms used to describe earthquakes mean? That and more will be found in this book. This book would be a terrific resource for homeschooled children or the school library.

Experiments are included for children to try that will help them understand what happens in an earthquake. Tsunamis are explained. Some famous past earthquakes and tsunamis are described in detail.

This book offers an earthquake craft for kids to make to help with earthquake preparedness. Children and parents learn to put together a plan and a survival kit. There is extensive information on what to have on hand and how to keep supplies fresh.

Susan Berger takes what could be a frightening subject and uses it to inform and empower children. The book is full of useful tips for preparing for the possibility of an earthquake. She tells the reader what to do during and after a quake. Earthquake is a book that gives the reader tips on ways to help others instead of curling up in fear, ending the book on a positive note. I highly recommend this book for children everywhere.

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