Awhile back, I rediscovered the series of Eyewitness Books that I once purchased for my son when he was young Can t believe he s finishing his senior year in college , I enjoy going over them and reflecting on the value of this series for younger readers It is important that our youth understand the world around them including a knowledge of science This volume focuses on the volcano and earthquakes Given the role especially of earthquakes in American history, this is a valuable volume Awhile back, I rediscovered the series of Eyewitness Books that I once purchased for my son when he was young Can t believe he s finishing his senior year in college , I enjoy going over them and reflecting on the value of this series for younger readers It is important that our youth understand the world around them including a knowledge of science This volume focuses on the volcano and earthquakes Given the role especially of earthquakes in American history, this is a valuable volume The book begins with a basic point Page 6 Volcanoes and earthquakes are nature run wild The first part of the work explores volcanoes This includes the basics, including an examination of Vesuvius, what underlies the development of a volcano, volcanoes on other plants, and so on Then, a discussion of earthquakes The basics what they are, why they happen, what the consequences are All in all, a very nice introduction to these natural phenomena for younger readers and parents might learn a whole bunch as well, just as I did Had no idea volcanos killed so many people I first read this book when I was younger, like around 7 I took it out from the library dozens among dozens of times in my younger life I can remember it being one of my favorite books because I loved disasters so much.I always liked to see the pictures and learn about the disasters that way and get an understanding of them It was great fun This book is about different earthquakes and volcanoes It shows different volcanoes and earthquakes all over It shows the destruction. There are some cool things In this book I recommend it for people who want a vaguely boring book This book got a little fake at some parts by saying the earth is 50,000,000,000,000,000 years old This earth is only about 2000 years old ya darn people. These DK Eyewitness books are a huge hit at our house They are full of interesting facts and colorful pictures We are using these as non fiction read alouds for early elementary and typically cover one 2 page spread a night The books are aimed at Grades 3 7 for an independent reader The books are well organized and contain sections at the end about jobs in and tools used for studying the topic and places to go forinformation.I will add a warning that this book contains unedited expla These DK Eyewitness books are a huge hit at our house They are full of interesting facts and colorful pictures We are using these as non fiction read alouds for early elementary and typically cover one 2 page spread a night The books are aimed at Grades 3 7 for an independent reader The books are well organized and contain sections at the end about jobs in and tools used for studying the topic and places to go forinformation.I will add a warning that this book contains unedited explanations of how people perish in volcanoes and earthquakes The numbers of dead and the cause ash, lava flow, ground shifting, etc are listed for each volcano discussed There are many photographs of the body molds from Pompeii, the black skies following Mount Pinatubo, and the side of Mount St Helens disappearing Consider your child s tolerance for this before recommending it OK I know these are supposed to be kid books but they are awesome Great pictures and just enough text to make you want to learnGreat choices for a beginning history reader or to start an older reader out in a new area Every time I pick one of these up and read it I learn new things Highly Recommended Full color photos Some of nature s most spectacular phenomena get the Eyewitness treatment, with the gorgeous graphics and outstanding design thatcharacterize this series The account starts with an overall perspectiveshowing how volcanoes and earthquakes occur Effects on humans and attempts tomeasure and predict these events are treated This book will attract readers toan already popular topic, and will provide one of the most effectiveintroductions available School Library Journal Informational Book Awesome resource for learning all about volcanoes Each page is packed with great photos, fun tidbits, and interesting information so that anyone can pick up the book and find something they will love reading.