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Gopher to the Rescue! A Volcano Recovery story

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  30 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The forest animals are surprised when a volcano suddenly explodes, covering the land in gritty warm ash and rocks that make it unlivable for many plants and animals. Gopher survives in his undergound burrow with food to eat. How does Gopher help bring life back to the mountain? Scientists spent years observing life returning to the mountain following the eruption of Mount ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 2012 by Sylvan Dell Publishing
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Lyn
Sep 03, 2013 Lyn rated it liked it
The volcano rumbles, shaking the earth for miles around, giving warning to the forest animals. Steam and ash burst from the top of the mountain. After another more terrible rumble, snow and rocks slide down the mountain. The volcano erupts. An explosion blows down all the trees and the top of the mountain disappears.

All the forest animals handle the disaster in different ways. Some try to run away. The gopher digs and digs. He is safe in his burrow with roots and bulbs to eat. Although the world
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Tina Peterson
May 10, 2012 Tina Peterson rated it really liked it
Gopher has a big job to do! Come learn how the forest, the animals and the ground recovers and heals when a Volcano erupts. I learned quite a bit as I read this book. You don't think about how long and what a major job it is for the environment to recover after a big event like a volcano erupts, a river floods or a forest fire occurs.

The book opens with the animals sensing that something is about to happen. Of course they don't know what it is but when the ground starts shaking and a loud BOOM
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Dolly
Nov 16, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an interesting and informative book about how nature finds a way to recover after a disaster.

The narrative isn't too long and the illustrations really help explain the science. I like how the story makes the science more understandable.

I would recommend this book for elementary school-age children. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Wayne S.
Mar 21, 2012 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing
When a volcano erupts, is it possible for the surrounding countryside which has been devastated to recover, and if so, how can it occur? All the animals in the wilderness, such as the snowshoe hare, the black bear, the gopher, the elk, the squirrel, sense that something is different on the nearby mountain. The ground shakes. Steam and ash burst from the mountain’s top. Then the volcano erupts. Many of the animals are killed, but gopher is safe in his burrow with plenty of tasty roots and bulbs t ...more
Terry
Little Kid Reaction: My friend used this with her class and the book was well received.

Big Kid Reaction: Gopher to the Rescue is nicely done with lots of good information. This would be an excellent way of getting a class interested in a science project or unit on nature.

Pros: There is lots to share for different audiences. Although this is a fictional character, the science content is accurate and detailed.

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Betsy
what happens after there is a volcano?
how is the land rebuilt? what happens to the animals?
this book answers those questions.
good read.
Jayna
Jul 25, 2013 Jayna rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ages 5 and up

This book tells the story of a volcano eruption and how the animals and the environment recover after the eruption. Before the volcano erupted, Gopher dug tunnels to live in and stay safe. Gopher's tunnels help the animals after the volcano erupts as well.

This would be good when talking about natural disasters. This book was very informative and would be a good introduction for children about how animals handle natural disasters.
Wooden Horse
Mar 15, 2012 Wooden Horse rated it really liked it
This book covered a subject I had absolutely no knowledge of before opening it up to read to a 2 1/2 year old today. It was easy to understand (for both of us) and gentle in its handling of the disaster that ensues after a volcanic eruption. My favorite spread was the one where the survivors are sharing the gophers hole and he looks a little surprised to find them there.
Andrea
Oct 16, 2013 Andrea rated it it was ok
Shelves: nsta
Although a decent book to introduce many lessons (volcanoes, animals, etc.) I did not enjoy this book at all. I thought the pictures were created using the wrong techniques because many times the gopher in particular but also many of his friends looked more scary than realistic.
Slytano
Feb 26, 2013 Slytano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Animals make anatomically impossible faces!

Animals die!

A great look at how life adapts to the explosion of a volcano.

This book is funny when it is not supposed to be funny.

This review is not funny. This review is lame.
Wendy Garland
Jul 17, 2012 Wendy Garland rated it liked it
I didn't love the book but it addresses the recovery of an area destroyed by a volcano. Perhaps a read aloud for a unit involving volcanoes and natural disasters.
Candace Carr
This book can be read in a 3rd to 5th grade classroom on a unit about volcanoes and use this as support on what can happen to animals when a volcano erupts.
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