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Now in paperback!Earthquakes can be scary, and this picture book can make all the difference. The bouncy verse and bright pictures not only explain what causes earthquakes, but also show how to prepare for them and keep them safe during one. This must-have book for families living in seismically active regions, includes an earthquake preparation checklist to empower readers.
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After the 1971 Sylmar quake, educator and mother HANNA GELMAN GIVON discovered that there were no children's books that addressed feelings during and after earthquakes, so she wrote one. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
DAVID UTTAL has always lived in the shadow of the San Andreas fault. He currently resides directly over the Hayward fault in Berkeley, California.
PreSchool-Grade 2. Rhyming verse and cartoon illustrations introduce young readers to earthquakes. A young boy narrates, telling about the earthquake he was in, how he and his family responded, and what he learned about quakes afterwards. The verse is awkward at times, and the singsong rhythm can be distracting: "I quickly jumped down to the floor/Squeezed underneath my bed/ Away from windows that could break,/ With my hands behind my head." Still, within this framework the author manages to point out several aspects of earthquakes. There are basic safety tips, a list of supplies, an extremely simplified geologic explanation, and some discussion of the varied emotions involved during and after a quake. The illustrations convey some wildness but none of the terror, and exaggerate with mild, but obvious humor. They stop short of the pure silliness that might trivialize a serious subject and complement the emphasis on feelings in the text. There are several excellent factual books on earthquakes, but they are for slightly older readers and tend to focus on science more than feelings. Some children will find the format unappealing; but for others this will be just right as a gentle introduction to a frightening subject.?Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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Book Description Tricycle Press, 2004. Condition: New. David Uttal (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1582460221