Dangerous Planet: Natural Disasters That Changed History

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Did a meteorite wipe out the dinosaurs and allow for human evolution? Did an earthquake usher in the rise of Greek civilization? Did a snowstorm help create the New York subway? The answer to all these questions is a resounding yes! Over and over again, natural disasters have influenced the course of human history in ways great and small. From the Great Fire of London to the Great Kanto Quake, Bryn Barnard describes ten key moments when natural disasters have played a significant role in shaping our history. Highlighted with vivid and meticulously researched illustrations, Dangerous Planet demonstrates the mighty force of planet Earth–and the role humanity must play in its survival

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Bryn Barnard has illustrated many books for children and has reconstructed numerous natural disasters for Time-Life and the National Geographic Society.

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*Starred Review* Gr. 5-8. "We live on a dangerous planet." To emphasize that point, Barnard's fascinating offering begins with a heavily dotted world map that denotes significant natural disasters, "just the big ones." Following an overview of the ways natural disasters have influenced history, Barnard takes a closer look at nine of those calamities (and one looming disaster), the effects of which are occasionally still felt today. He begins with information on the meteor that killed the dinosaurs and follows with a discussion of a tsunami that destroyed the Minoan culture, ensuring that the culture of the warlike Mycenaeans would be handed down through the Greeks. The Aksum, sub-Saharan Africa's most important civilization, was ended by a drought. A blizzard paralyzing New York City led to the construction of an all-weather, traffic-proof transit system--underground. Barnard describes these events and more in an absorbing narrative that includes touches of humor. The oversize format allows for full-page paintings that portray the height of the disaster as well as space for maps and smaller pieces of art. Teachers will find many uses for this, but the book is so engaging it will also attract browsers--and hold them. A bibliography of books and Web sites is included, but a source list would have been helpful. Ilene Cooper
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