Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Experience Volcano

Experience Volcano

Anne Rooney
For ages 9 to 12
DK, 2006   ISBN: 978-0756614096

To better understand our planet and the forces that have shaped it, we are going to take a journey back in time. We will see how the planet formed and how the continents were created. We will see that volcanoes played a major role in making the earth look the way it does today. Some of these volcanoes developed where tectonic plates meet. Others, like the volcano of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, are formed at hotspots where magma  wells up from deep down in the earth's mantle.

In this visually stunning and large format book, the author tells the story of the earth, and we see how volcanoes have had, and still have, a profound effect on humans all over the planet. A knowledgeable and easy to follow text is accompanied by richly annotated digitally produced images and photographs. At the bottom of many of the double page spreads, readers will find explanations of the some of the words used in the text. Fact boxes, accounts from people who experienced volcanoes first hand, and timelines will provide readers with plenty of fascinating information to think about.

The description of volcanoes, their characteristics, their forms, their components, and their impact on man and the environment is interspersed with accounts of some of the world's most dramatic volcanic eruptions including Vesuvius, Pelee, Mount St. Helens, and Krakatau.

The book will give the reader a very real sense of what it must to like to get up close and personal with these fascinating forces of nature.