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A comprehensive modern reference book all about disasters for expert readers.

In this exciting addition to Scholastic's Discover More series, follow a tornado chaser into the heart of a storm, track the path taken by a hurricane as it sweeps the Ocean, or find out which natural disaster is the world's worst killer. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrations show how natural
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Scholastic Reference
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Sam Smerbeck
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Disasters
Author: David Burnie
Illustrator: David Burnie
Genre: Photographic Essay
Theme(s): Natural Disasters, Human Interaction w/ Environment
Opening Line/Sentence: “I am never afraid, because I have seen so many eruptions in 23 years that even if I die tomorrow, I don’t care.”
Brief Book Summary: This book goes through all types of natural disasters and explains what they are and the worst ones that have been recorded. Disasters include tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, landslides, earthq
Kristi Bernard
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wicked weather, earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis, wildfires and the threat of asteroids has Scholastic providing readers with a closer look at some of our world's biggest disasters. We all know that no place is safe. Recent events are depicted with real life photos of wildfires in Russia, monsoons in Pakistan and the well known earthquake in Haiti that left over one million people homeless. Readers will not see only the devastation left behind but also the tools and people who work hard to predic ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This title is part of the exceptional Discover More series. It shows readers how unpredictable and destructive our planet can be. Stunning photographs show the effects of natural disasters like killer weather, earthquakes and volcanoes. Stirring text describes the human toll of these catastrophes and includes disquieting facts. “Eyewitness” boxes feature accounts from survivors. Numerous charts, graphs, maps and illustrations explain how various disasters develop. Contemporary catastrophes, such ...more
Brenda Kahn
Love this series and this particular one fits beautifully into a sixth grade science unit. The over-sized format is inviting, chock full of photos, text boxes and artist's renderings. Organized by type of disaster, each chapter asks and answers some essential questions pertinent to the topic. Web sites and suggestions for further reading are plentiful and, as usual, the accompanying ebook is not to be missed.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
The fiction companion I chose for Disaster is Hurricane by Terry Trueman. Disaster goes into detail about various natural disasters such as Tornadoes, Hurricanes and avalanches. It includes facts about the occurences themselves such as frequency, cause, and famous disaster in history. It also goes into survival necessities, which is why I paired it with Hurricane. The novel details the Hurricane hitting and destroying a small village and the and recovery afterwards.
Jasmine DeMario
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book about natural disasters. From tornadoes to earthquakes, this book has it all. There are diagrams and photographs that help explain how each disaster occurs. I liked how this book included photos of people and places where each natural disaster occurred and showed people who survived these natural disasters.
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What's 5x hotter than the surface of the sun?

These are the types of answers you'll find in SDM: Disasters.
The data in the book is up-to-date. The online companion is even more current.

MC: does include lots of death tolls that might keep certain kids up at night.

Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Skimpy for the adult reader but very well done for younger readers, realistic without being scary.
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I chose to put this book on my science bookshelf because it discusses all of the weather disasters known. It also provides examples of the disasters and dates on when they occurred.
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Wow! This book, of all the weather books I have read, has been the most interesting. It really lays out information in such an interesting way about the various kinds of weather disasters: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Avalanches, Ice Storms, etc.
A few things I learned was that a) 90% of avalanches are actually triggered by people ( I did not know that!!) and that most hurricanes last for about 9 days.

The coolest part of this book was that it not only gave cool facts, but it lays out why each natural
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David Andrew Burnie is an accomplished zoologist who was a nature reserve ranger before becoming a natural history author and editor. A prolific writer of many books, including several on dinosaurs, he has seen many of his titles win educational awards and science prizes. His titles for Kingfisher include Kingfisher Knowledge: Endangered Planet and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, ...more

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