Donna M. McDine 6/17/09
Marketing Manager. Stories for Children magazine
How many of us from our childhood actual thought you could dig to China? I know I did. And from the onset children’s author, Susan Berger pulls the reader into Earthquake with the line “I hate to tell you this, but you can’t dig to China.” Berger presents the causes, predictions, measuring, and facts of earthquakes in an easy to understand vibrant presentation. The intertwining of earthquake facts with everyday examples to conduct your own experiments will bring a deeper understanding to the reader. “Some earthquakes feel like the earth is moving side to side like the rocking of a train. (Stand in the middle of a see saw. Try to keep your balance.)”
The cartoon fact charts and illustrations add a delightful way of explaining earthquakes to young readers and adults alike. And along with emergency preparedness tips, Earthquake is a sure bet in being prepared for an earthquake emergency.
STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE
Author: Susan J. Berger
Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc. (2009)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne Walker
Have you ever experienced an earthquake? If you haven't, how do you think that you would react to one? In this non-fiction book, author Susan J. Berger explains what earthquakes are, what causes them, what happens when they occur, and what we can do to be prepared for them. The scientifically accurate but highly readable text combined with the colorful illustrations by Eugene E. Ruble will help children understand earthquake terms and learn lots of interesting facts about the subject. Did you know that there is a 9 in 10 chance of a medium sized earthquake happening on the New Madrid fault within the next 50 years? On April 18, 2008, when we were living in Affton, MO, just outside of St. Louis, my wife and I were awakened 4:37 a. m. as a result of a jolt that seemed to shake the bed. There are several things that can cause such a jolt--the blowing of an electrical transformer, an automobile crash nearby, or even a strong gust of wind, although my wife looked out the window and the trees were still. However, as I went back to sleep, the possibility of an earthquake passed through my mind.
Sure enough, when the radio went off at 6:00, the very first news item was that a 5.2 magnitude earthquake centered at Bellmont, IL, had been felt throughout the midwest shortly after 4:30. Then, while sitting at my desk at 10:14 a. m., I felt another jolt that shook my chair. I immediately checked the Internet and found that a 4.7 magnitude aftershock had been recorded at around a quarter after ten. This is my personal experience with earthquakes. There was no damage done, and the jolts, while noticeable, were relatively minor. However, I'm sure that all of us have seen on television or read in the newspapers about other earthquakes that produced massive destruction and even killed many people. Youngsters will find Earthquake to be a fascinating yet fun source of useful information.
Lisa A Wald
Web Team Leader
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Overall, I like the book, the contents, illustrations, and tone.
I agree that the level of the book is more for grades 2-4.
State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency
Excellent reading and viewing! I have forwarded your e-mail on to some of my state contacts to try to get you some sufficient feedback. I do know there is a historical museum in New Madrid, MO that sells books – maybe you could do a reading there for local students?
USGS Alaska Science Center
Brendan had me look at your book. I think that it's pretty good, except that instead of grades 1-3, I could see it as 2-4.
Here's a list of some booksellers in Alaska who might be interested, as we're definitely in earthquake country!
4/11/09 Earthquake review by Janet Ann Collins
With the current news about the earthquake in Italy, now is a good time for kids to read "Earthquake" by Susan J. Berger. Actually it's a great book for kids interested in science to read at any time. Berger manages to give plenty of interesting and practical facts while still keeping a light feel. She breaks the information up into manageable bytes so kids won't get bored with it. I can't wait to share the book with my grandson. Posted by Janet Ann Collins
4/22/09 Jessica Aday Kennedy
""Earthquake" provides an explicit description of earthquakes. It answers the questions that would arise in a person’s mind about cause and effect. From a dissection and explanation of the earth to a clear and concise description of the physical events that cause an earthquake to preparation and actions to take before, after and during a seismic episode “Earthquake” succeeds in painting an accurate and easily understandable picture.
The vocabulary makes the book easily understood by children. Although the book was written with children in mind it would be as useful to adults. As a native Texan transplanted in the San Francisco Bay area in California during the “Great Quake of ‘89”, this book would have been a valuable resource to demystify the tragic quake.
The book can easily be incorporated into a classroom discussion of seismic activity. It would compliment and enhance a science class of any and all ages. The lessons on preparing for the possibility of an earthquake would prove invaluable if a major quake is experienced.
In 1989, if a plan had been set forth prior to the event, fears and anxieties could have been allayed. Telephone, utilities, transportation and information disseminators were interrupted. People were in the dark literally and figuratively. If the simple steps were followed in the book these problems could have less of an impact or be avoided.
One suggestion in the book is to designate a phone number out of the state for your family to call to act as a hub of information about you and your family’s well-being. Phone lines in the affected areas are often interrupted. It’s easier to contact a person out of the area in another state. You can let your family know you are okay and get information about them by calling the designated phone number as soon as you can get to a phone. Instead of spending hours and days pacing the floor forced to wonder, your worries can be laid to rest.
With the combination of eye-opening factoids on earthquake preparedness; clear descriptions of the how, what, when, where and why of earthquakes; and past earthquakes and their consequences, the reader is fully armed with an understanding of seismic activity. The illustrations by Eugene Ruble compliment the text and lend humor to a frightening and serious subject. “Earthquake” will earn its place on any bookshelf and is destined to be dog eared and worn from children using it as a reference on this subject."
2/18/09 sharilyle-soffe.blogspot.com Review By Shari Lyle Soffe. Childrens’Book Author
This nonfiction book will fascinate children young and old. It offers something to every reader. Susan Berger’s facts and descriptions are informative and easy to understand. Eugene Ruble’s illustrations are clever and humorous.
This book is filled with fun factoids. It has charts and graphs, plus illustrations of the inside of the earth. What is an earthquake? Can scientists predict when an earthquake will occur? What do the terms used to describe earthquakes mean? That and more will be found in this book. This book would be a terrific resource for homeschooled children or the school library.
Experiments are included for children to try that will help them understand what happens in an earthquake. Tsunamis are explained. Some famous past earthquakes and tsunamis are described in detail.
This book offers an earthquake craft for kids to make to help with earthquake preparedness. Children and parents learn to put together a plan and a survival kit. There is extensive information on what to have on hand and how to keep supplies fresh.
Susan Berger takes what could be a frightening subject and uses it to inform and empower children. The book is full of useful tips for preparing for the possibility of an earthquake. She tells the reader what to do during and after a quake. Earthquake is a book that gives the reader tips on ways to help others instead of curling up in fear, ending the book on a positive note. I highly recommend this book for children everywhere.
Review: Guardian Angel Publishing
What is one love language that all homeschoolers speak? Books! Guardian Angel Publishing offers a wide variety of books, both entertaining and educational, geared toward children ages 0-12 years old. The TOS Homeschool Crew was given the opportunity to review many of the books offered by Guardian Angel and I received five of those books.
Earthquake!, colorfully-illustrated and written for ages 6-9, is filled with interesting factoids and information about earthquakes written in a kid-friendly language. At times, it seemed a bit over-simplified until I reminded myself of the age-range for which it was intended. Although some of the references were a bit obscure (such as an earthquake feeling like being on Disney's Space Mountain, which wouldn't mean much to someone who hadn't been on Space Mountain), this 30-page book contains tips and hands-on projects to prepare kids for the possibility of an earthquake, as well as information about the science of earthquakes for those studying the subject. There are also fact and preparedness charts and lists for kids and parents.
Earthquake! is available as an eBook ($5.00), a CD ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h) or a print book ($11.95 + $6.95 s/h).