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3.8  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Seymour Simon knows how to explain science to kids and make it fun. He was a teacher for over twenty years, has written more than 250 books, and has won multiple awards. In Earthquakes, Simon introduces elementary-school readers to earthquakes through engaging descriptions and stunning full-color photographs. He teaches readers why and how earthquakes happen and the damage ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Collins (first published 1991)
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Shane Bostic
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was very interesting and very informal about earthquakes. I think the author did a good job at writing the book.
Hamza Mounir
Have you ever wondered what happens when the earth beneath us moves?

The thrilling non-fiction read "Earthquakes" is professionally written by Seymour Simon. Even though the land beneath our feet is usually solid and firm, every year there are over a million earthquakes. Most are too small to be noticed, but others are devastating and cause many casualties. For example, in Kobe, Japan 1995, a large earthquake toppled a whole freeway. Most earthquakes take place in the earth's crust. Earthquakes
Hyun Young Jeong
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book ‘Earthquakes’ by Seymour Simon is a non-fiction science book that teaches the readers about earthquakes. How much does an earthquake occur? According to this book, there are a million earthquakes per year, an average of once every thirty seconds in the Earth. Most earthquakes are too small to be noticed by people, but hundreds of earthquakes every year are strong enough to change the landforms and how people live. For example, a large earthquake in Kobe, Japan, in 1995, destroyed roads ...more
The marvelous novel "Earthquakes" written by Seymour Simon describes the layers of our planet. Simon wrote this novel with such characterization, he made the earthquakes seem to be a human being. The novel states the occurring of million earthquakes each year. There are different types of earthquakes such as the small ones which are usually not noticed but the large ones leave a mark after it’s action such as the one that happened in 1995 in Japan. The action begins at the crust and continues th ...more
Collin Powell
The book starts off by giving the example of the earthquake that hit Mexico City in 1985. It then goes on to talk mostly about the fault lines, explaining where earthquake risk is the greatest. It shows the different kinds of fault movement that can be associated with different types of earthquakes using photographs and illustrations. It also gives you zones in the US and around the world where earthquake happen most often.
I enjoyed this book, and liked the use of photography to show the after-
This book is about earthquakes and how they shake and sway the earth. It mentions how hundreds of shakes every year can change the face of the land. It states how earthquakes tend to take place in the earth's crust. Also mentioned is how scientists use scales to measure the effects of an earthquake. There are many examples of major and minor earthquakes in the book. Along with directions on what to do when an earthquake happens. I liked how there were pictures of the aftermath of earthquakes and ...more
Marissa Pezzullo
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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In this book you can teach students in your classroom all about earthquakes. What causes them, and where they are more likely to occur. There are great pictures in this book that have all been taken by the author Seymour Simon, or a scientist that he would personally ask to take the picture for him. I think this would be a great book to have in the classroom as it is easy to read and very informational.
Edward Creter
Another book on earthquakes, this time from the Smithsonian Institute. More facts on quakes than the one I previously read from author Ker Than, without the needless inserts a la "Fun Factoids" segments with colorful pics so in vogue with kids' science books these days. It's all facts and info. Nothing else needed.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Reading to my three daughters. Kiley (5yrs.) insisted that we read this book tonight. She loves to read books about science topics. Katy (8yrs.) is also enjoying this book, but worried about the topic. Claire is not ready for this style read aloud, yet.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A well written book on earthquakes. Definitely provides MG readers with information about earthquakes, but as someone who has experienced several earthquakes, it is definitely missing the emotional/experiential aspect of earthquakes.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mommy says: Cana is fascinated with natural disasters, but they don't seem to frighten her or give her nightmares. She loved this book.
Room 123
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Earthquakes can do damage to a car. An earthquake can bring a boat from sea to shore. Check this book at your local library! By Thomas
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Learning about global weather is important so we can learn how to relate and assist others in need.
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Another great one by Seymour Simon...We really liked the amazing pictures of the how land had reshaped from earthquakes...
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Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science:] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association).

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