10.09.08

Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters: More Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Meteorology at 12:59 am by Rosepixie

Ok, the East Coast/New York bias in this book is annoying, but otherwise the book is pretty good. The avalanche section was good – it explained about snow crystals and everything really well.

I’ve come to the end of the regular Magic Tree House series now. Perhaps I’ll take a break before reading the Merlin Missions.

10.08.08

Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Meteorology at 12:39 am by Rosepixie

This book is doing a fine job of explaining what earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes are and how they affect the world around them. Unfortunately, this is still pretty East Coast-centric. The chances that a kid in California won’t feel an earthquake in their lifetime is pretty slim. We even had one in Wisconsin recently. Yet Osborne cheerfully says “you will probably never be in an earthquake.” And her editors apparently didn’t mind that either. It’s as if it never occurred to them that kids who live outside of New York read her books too!