Monday, June 1, 2009

Non-fiction Monday: Our Powerful Planet

What kid doesn't love a good book about weird weather? I really think the books at the library focusing on tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes are probably checked out more often than anything love disaster! Well, Our Powerful Planet: The Curious Kid's Guide to Tornadoes, Earthquakes, and Other Phemomena, written by Tim O'Shei, is certain to please those disaster lovers.

Filled with all sorts of info on weather, from how rain and snow are produce to what exactly happens to form a tornado, a whole lot of info can be taken from this short book. Fact boxes are placed in several points on the page spreads, and wonderful photographs and included to truly illustrate what happens during this weather. Some of the facts included are pretty cool, such as snowflakes the size of pizzas once falling in Montana and the highest wave ever recorded being nearly as tall as the length of a football field. Crazy!

A word list is included in the back, making for easy referencing to the bold words through the text and both the inside covers (front and back) have a brilliant collage of cool photographs.

A very nice selection for library shelves, both school and that will most definitely please those disaster seekers. My one little complaint is the amount of text on each page. It seems a tad bit much for the age group the book appears to target, but the fact boxes make for quick reading if the child isn't in for a long read.

To learn more or to purchase click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.

Our Powerful Planet: The Curious Kid's Guide to Tornadoes, Earthquakes, and Other Phenomena.
Tim O'Shei
32 pages
Lobster Press
October 2008

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