Volcanoes: Nature's Incredible Fireworks (Earth Works)

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Tremendous forces are at work below the earth's surface. Sometimes they make the ground rumble and shake. Other times they make mountains explode, spewing forth rock, gases, and lava. These mountains are called volcanoes. They are among nature's most spectacular creations--and one of its most dangerous. David L. Harrison takes us on a fascinating voyage beneath the earth's surface to show how volcanoes are created and why they erupt. From its hot, solid iron core, up to the earth's crust, he introduces us to magma, lava, the colliding plates that cause earthquakes, and other natural phenomena. With vivid illustrations by Cheryl Nathan, here is a look at how volcanoes work.

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David L. Harrison has a keen interest in how nature works and holds degrees in biology and parasitology. However, young readers know him from his nearly fifty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He has received many honors, including the Christopher Award. David lives in Missouri.

Cheryl Nathan has worked as an art director and designer in advertising, journalism, and book publishing. She has illustrated a number of nature books for children, including Caves, Rivers, The Rain Forest Counts, Bugs and Beasties ABC, Wet 'N' Weird, and Hairy 'N' Weird. Cheryl lives in Florida.

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Gr. 1-3. This colorful book from the Earthworks series captures the beauty and violence of volcanoes and explains the more fundamental, earth-shaking events underlying the dramatic pyrotechnics. Harrison, who also wrote Rivers [BKL Ap 1 02] and Caves (2001) for the same series, first describes volcanic eruptions, then explains why, where, and how they happen. The surprisingly graceful text is illuminated with dynamic artwork by Nathan, who illustrated Rivers and Caves. Here the expressive compositions, rich in color and subtle texture, serve as literal scenes of what's happening on the earth, and there are plenty of cross sections and diagrams of what's happening beneath the earth's crust. A good book to read aloud to primary-grade students. Carolyn Phelan
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