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Volcano Rising

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Volcanoes are a scary, catastrophic phenomenon that creates mass destruction as far as its deadly lava can reach, right? Not quite . . .

Elizabeth Rusch explores volcanoes in their entirety, explaining how they’re not all as bad as they’re made out to be. Using examples of real volcanoes from around the world, Rusch explains how some volcanoes create new land, mountains,
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rusch (Will It Blow?, Sasquatch, 2007) writes again of volcanoes, this time focusing on their ability to create as well as destroy. Her two-layered text offers a simpler wording for younger readers and another with more complete information for older ones in a smaller font below. Readers learn that most volcanoes are both destructive and creative, with creative eruptions happening three times more than destructive ones. What’s created? Mountains, islands, new lava domes, repaired scarred land. ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elem-ed-science
There are so many ways to interact with this text, there are gorgeous pictures to talk to/around, regional terms and tier three vocabulary words with meanings or pronunciations included over features of the artistic diagrams and graphics when needed, onomatopoeias scattered in bold throughout, large text with simpler concepts, smaller text with details... lots to go with here! Another great aspect of this text to work with for compare contrast activities due to a strand crafted around the ...more
Hannah Holthaus
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book to use if you are teaching about volcanoes and just to have in your classroom. The way that the book is set up allows for a quick overview of what the pages are going to be about and then it gets into more detail in paragraphs on the pages. One of the super interesting things about this book are the illustrations. Even though this book is a nonfiction book, there are illustrations and not real photographs of volcanoes like you normally see in a nonfiction book. This ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
a great addition to any volcano study, as it focuses more on "creative" eruptions (creating new land, etc) than explosive ones.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Volcanoes can seem destructive, but in this nonfiction picture book they are shown to be sources of creation as well. The process of eruption and magma is described and the book looks at the fact that different volcanoes move at different speeds. The book is written in two levels, one for more of a picture book audience and the other for elementary students ready for detailed information. While the simpler part stays general, the more detailed information includes specific volcanoes and stories ...more
Mary Ann
With dramatic cut-paper illustrations and informational text, Rusch and Swan team up to introduce elementary students to a variety of volcanoes from around the world. The text is divided into basic introduction in large font size, and more detailed explanations and examples in a smaller font. Swan’s spectacular illustrations use painted, textured cut paper to create striking images. The images are clearly labeled to introduce students to volcanic terms, well defined in the glossary. ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Generally when I read about volcanoes the focus is on the incredible destructive force they manifest, but in this book, Volcano Rising, the focus is on what the author calls creative eruptions. She uses this term to refer to slower erupting volcanoes that add land or slowly change the landscape over time. The information provided here is fascinating for young and old alike. I especially appreciated the longer sections that provide specific information about individual volcanoes and their unique ...more
Sarah Gutekunst
I paired Volcano Rising with Hill of Fire by Thomas Lewis, ISBN 978-0064440400.

Volcano Rising is a non-fiction book that describes how volcanoes are formed, and how they can change a landscape. The book includes details about the Paricutin, Mexico volcano that formed in a farmers field in 1943. Hill of Fire is a fiction book written from the point of view of the farmers son. The farmer farmer laments quite often that "Nothing ever happens here", but soon his life becomes very exciting.

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Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile Level: 1090

Pages: 32

Summary: When people think of volcanoes, most people think of loud, frightening eruptions that destroy everything in its path. But that is not always true. Volcanoes have creative eruptions. Creative eruptions are much more common that the explosive eruptions. These creative eruptions help build new mountains and volcanoes. Just think of Hawaii.

Recommendations or Comments: Recommended. Rusch does a fabulous job of bringing the language down to a level that younger
Karen Arendt
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Initially the story can be a simple explanation of volcanoes and their eruptions. A second time through readers can dig deeper into the smaller text that has more detailed information. The book can also be read once through reading the larger and smaller text together. Perfect for first and second grades as wells s third grades. The illustrations are colorful but somewhat abstract. The only drawback is the size of text identifying parts of the illustrations is somewhat small and hard ...more
Part picture book, part science book, the text can be read on two levels: one, as a dynamic read aloud complete with sound effects, and, two, as an introductory volcano science book. The writing style reminded me of Dianna Hutts Aston (A Rock is Lively) has written many great read aloud science titles.

The artwork was created y manipulating found objects, hand-painted papers and scans of objects and textures in Photoshop. The product is amaaaazing!

Great for classroom use in grades 2-4.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
Volcano Rising uses dynamic illustrations and clear informative text to introduce grade school age students to the different parts of a volcano and explain the difference between creative and destructive eruptions. Also covered are the different types of lava that form, how lava produces new land, steps people have taken to alter the direction of a lava flow, and several ways in which people observe volcanoes. There is also a volcano lexicon in the afterward and a bibliography with website links ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Best suited for 2nd-6th grade.
The illustrations in this book are unique. They are a colorful mix of media using found objects, hand-painted paper, etc. and blended with digital paintings.
The text focuses on volcanoes as creative and destructive forces, but with an unusual emphasis on the creative force for a refreshing change of pace.
There is also a glossary, a bibliography and a list of suggested resources for further research.
Holly Mueller
I liked how this author described volcanoes as creative. "But volcanoes are not just destructive. Much more often, volcanoes are creative. They grow taller and wider. They form majestic mountains. And they build new islands where there were none before." I also thought the illustrations were beautiful. This would be a good book to teach onomatopoeia while sneaking in some nonfiction! Great "Volcano Vocabulary" in the back.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great intro to volcanoes works on 2 levels: Read to a younger child the simple sentences in large text and sound effects about volcanoes on each page (KABOOM! Volcanoes can appear out of nowhere!), or read on to an older child the examples in the smaller text (eg, explaining the appearance of the Paricutin volcano in Mexico). The pictures illustrate the examples. Good for preschoolers to 4th grade.
Brenda Kahn
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This picture book can be read on two levels - an easier narrative and more difficult text making this an ideal book to add to any collection. Struggling readers will not be penalized. Gorgeous collage illustrations. Begs to be paired with the author's entry in Scientists in the Field series, Eruption.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great nonfiction story about creative and explosive volcanos and examples from around the world including Mt. St. Helens and Kilauea. My only wish would be that she had organized it more in terms of the types of volcanos; explosive vs. destructive vs. creative vs. shield as those were the questions I was getting from kids and not being a volcanologist myself I didn't have the answers!
Pamela Powell
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Very well done. Each page has a simple story-line, but also more in depth side-bar information making this a great introduction to volcanoes but it provides enough detail to satisfy a child who wants to know a bit more. The illustrations are wonderful as well.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a cool book! I loved the beauty of the pictures. I loved the concept. The knowledge was fascinating, and the large type and small type makes this a good book for reading parent and child sharing the responsibilities. Very well done!!
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-the-kids
I seriously love reading science books with my kids. I'd been trying for years to explain to them that it's okay to visit Kilauea, which I've always wanted to do. I somehow never managed to get the language quite right or something, but after this one, I think they get it.
Kelly Francis
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect informational book on volcanoes, it discusses both the positive and negative aspects of volcanic eruptions . This could be used for science and reading. This is an exciting nonfiction book that students will enjoy reading.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alice, LIbrariansteph, Marti, Elissa
Shelves: k-3-non-fiction
Volcano Rising takes a dynamic approach to volcanoes, the delightful scientific words pahoehoe, tephra, Paructin, etc. labeled on the gorgeous lavish hand painted paper collage illustrations are spectacular. This title would provide a perfect real aloud introduction to volcanoes.
Amy Rachuba
How are volcanoes formed? This book covers several different types of volcanic eruptions and captures the imagination with great images. Mixed media illustrations combined with basic text and a secondary text with additional details make this a great book for a variety of levels.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, yrc14, nonfiction
Love the illustrations and two levels of text.
Kristine Hansen
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, nature, picture-book
I learned more about volcanoes than I ever knew before, even about the super-volcano that is at Yellowstone. :) Wow, interesting stuff. Very well done book. :)
This is really well done. A Cybils nominee for non-fiction.
Kiah Roberts
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
......I thought that it fell short.
Edward Sullivan
Great, informative introduction to volcanoes for younger readers. Excellent collage illustrations.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
two texts levels - allow readers to learn about creative and destructive volcanic erruptions
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ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning book author, magazine writer, editor, writing teacher and speaker. Her wide-ranging passions include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches her fancy. She is inspired by stories of exploration and discovery, stories that have been overlooked by history, and stories that grapple with persistent ...more
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