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Oil Spill!: Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20, 2010, may be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. In Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, prolific nonfiction writer and Florida resident Elaine Landau gives young readers the essential facts about the spill. This book will chronicle the spills beginning as well as efforts to stop it (including ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Millbrook Press (first published August 1st 2010)
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Riley Conway
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a new non-fiction book by Elaine Landau that chronicles the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. It’s broken into several sections that cover the explosion, stoppage of the leak, the devastating affects on sea life and local economies, and suggestions for what concerned readers can do.

Landau does an excellent job of illustrating that there were no quick, neat, or easy solutions. Stopping the leak and conducting th
This book details the 2010 BP oil rig leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Fantastic illustrations, photographs, and maps help to tell the story of the tragic environmental disaster and its aftermath.

The factual content of this book puts it in the informational book genre. Opinions and judgements are not expressed regarding the disaster, though the book does encourage readers to consider ways in which these types of disasters could be prevented. These suggestions are being passed on to the reader from sc
Karen Ball
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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April 2010: The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles off of the Louisiana coast. Eleven crew members died, and seventeen others were injured. The giant drilling rig burned for two days before it sank into the Gulf, but the worst damage was yet to come: the pipe from the oil well in the sea floor had broken and was leaking massive amounts of poisonous, thick oil. Ten days after the accident, the oil spill was the size of t
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The strengths of this book include the clear writing, the diagrams, and most of the photographs. The cover is especially powerful I think. I also appreciated the map which aids the reader in understanding just how big the disaster was/is. The brief history of past oil spills that helps put this disaster in perspective and allows the reader compare this oil spill to others of a similar size. This could also lead to research into recovery strategies. The glossary, source notes, index, and further ...more
Amanda Snow
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I've been waiting for a great book to be published about last year's Gulf oil spill and Elaine Landau has done a fantastic job with this one. The bold, in-your-face cover is an immediate introduction to what readers will find inside the book, which is chock full of great info.

The oil spill back in April of 2010 was the biggest spill in the history of the United States and thus deserves an in-depth explanation of how it happened, what trauma it c
Andabo Harris
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a very informative picturebook by Elaine Landau. It is an in depth assessment of the events leading up to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 2010, and the response by British Petroleum which resulted in the spill being capped in July 2010.

I can clearly remember following the events of this oil spill while the disaster unfolded during this time. At the time the entire world was fixated on the coverage being provided. After reading Landau's work on this disaster, I must admit that I
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was impressed with this book. It articulates a very complicated issue at a level young children (Hank is 5) can understand without skipping over details. We would have liked to see more pictures, particularly pictures of the robots that were sent down to work on repairing the blow-out preventer. We have read this book twice already and I'm sure we will read it again a few more times before we return it to the library-- a positive measure of a good non-fiction children's book in my view!
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
This book rather dispassionately details the events surrounding the BP Oil spill during the spring and summer of 2009. It is good at giving basic facts and pictures and diagrams explaining what happened. I think in some respects it strives to be to even handed and fails to show the scale of the disaster that this spill was for people and animal life.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is explained for young readers in this non-fiction picture book. Loads of photos and illustrations create interest. Although it's really too long to read in one sitting in a classroom, it's still a useful resource to help kids understand "the big deal" about the situation. Elementary libraries will want to add this book to their shelves.
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A well done explanation for children of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This book is good, but it is already dated because much of it was written as the spill was happening. The book needs a final chapter about what has happened in the years since the spill.
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