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The Day the World Exploded: The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa - children's picture book adaption

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This is the children's picture book adaptation by Dwight Jon Zimmerman of the book Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded."



Shock waves.


The almighty explosion that destroyed the volcano island of Krakatoa was followed by an immense tsunami that killed more than thirty thousand people. The effects of the waves were felt as far away a

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Collins
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Simon Winchester's well-researched historical works have lured fiction readers to the nonfiction genre. Krakatoa provided a riveting account of the volcano's 1883 eruption and its aftermath. Dwight Zimmerman's outstanding adaptation for young people uses a conversational approach inviting readers into the world of Krakatoa. [return][return]From the engaging text to the wide variety of vivid visual examples, The Day the World Exploded immerses readers in both an historical and scientific adventur ...more
This is an overwhelmingly detailed children's book about the disaster in Krakatoa in 1883. The historical, cultural and background information provided is interesting, and I appreciate that the story is condensed from a 464-page novel into a 96-page 'picture book,' adapted for children. But I must say that the editors should have condensed it by half again in order to make it appropriately sized for children. The pictures are terrific, but some of the narrative detail and anecdotes are quite ran ...more

I'd rather read a good instructional book intended for children - such as this one w. history and science themes - than an adult-oriented "Whatever Topic for Dummies."

There's nothing condescending in a children's edition, and the simple language is often a thing of beauty.

Iinteresting to read -- and see, through many photos and drawings -- how the 1883 volcano explosion on Krakatoa Island gained fame and notoriety
Abby Johnson
This is an adaptation of Simon Winchester's adult book Krakatoa. Winchester explores the history of Indonesia and Dutch colonization there as well as the technological advances that made Krakatoa the first major disaster that was reported on as it was happening. It's an odd choice for an illustrated adaptation since there aren't many photographs or drawings from that time included. There are many photographs of volcanoes behaving similarly to Krakatoa and there are many illustrations created for ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is the children's picture book adaptation of Simon Winchester's adult book, Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded. I read the latter several years ago and enjoyed it very much, though I felt Winchester went a little too far in presenting every even remotely relevant detail to the story. I enjoyed the picture book just as much as the adult book; perhaps more so because of the presence of pictures that I don't remember seeing in the adult version. Highly recommended!

On a side note, twice now I
Meh. It's fine but it didn't really live up to expectations. I thought that a book about Krakatoa would really knock my socks off, but there was an odd amount of unrelated asides and unnecessary full-page illustrations. You felt like asking the author to just take a deep breath and tell the story rather than riddle it with sidebars. Normally I like sidebars, but these got extreme and the story suffered as a result. A fine Krakatoa book. Just not as good as it could have been.
Love love love how Winchester creates a realistic take on what may have happened during that eventful blast.

A tear of geological joy was shed for this.
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With all I teach about Vesuvius, this will be a good one to show the kids. Will have to read the adult new reading theme.
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A young reader's version of Simon Winchester's award-winning history of the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.
Blends history and science to recreate a tale of a long ago disaster.
Great information about Krakatoa's explosion.
romping stuff great factual read
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Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster who resides in the United States. Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. As an author, Simon Winchester has written or contributed to over a dozen nonfiction books and authored one novel, and his articles appear in several travel publ ...more
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