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TIME For Kids: VOLCANOES! (Science Scoops, Confident Reader)

Author: Editors Time for Kids

Illustrator: Editors of Time for Kids

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: There are more than 1,500 active volcanoes on earth. Learn about the different types of volcanoes, how they form, and what happens when they erupt. This is a nonfiction book about volcanoes

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read with nearly 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We tried reading this book as partners, but it wasn't long before we needed to take over. Our daughter picked this book from the shelf, and was very interested (she asked lots of questions), but the insets and text-to-image ratio were beyond her.

Adult Reader Reaction: The photography is exceptional, and the information about volcanoes is fascinating. The disparity among books with the same "confident reader" label is frustrating, though my daughter seemed to just go with the flow.

Pros: Amazing photography and lots of facts will engage kids in studying these mountains that explode.

Cons: This is a pretty basic book. Although it is attractive to developing readers and they can (intellectually) process the content, you need to be a fairly strong independent reader to tackle this one.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book best found at the library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TIME For Kids: FROGS! (Science Scoops, Developing Reader)   THE DAY THE WORLD EXPLODED; The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa   ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD GEOGRAPHY with Complete World Atlas (Usborne Internet-Linked Books)

Educational Themes: Start with this book then grab a globe and start locating the places where volcanoes can be found.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, nature, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2008

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