From the Series Legendary Landforms
In Volcanoes, early fluent readers learn about the geologic processes that create volcanoes around the world. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn about these amazing landforms.
An infographic illustrates Earth’s layers, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about volcanoes using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Volcanoes also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
Volcanoes is part of Jump!’s Legendary Landforms series.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||Beginning Readers, STEM|
|Number of Pages||24|
Series Made Simple
Bold backgrounds and large typeface are used effectively in this sophisticated series that introduces various landforms, including volcanoes, canyons, and waterfalls. Short sentences describe fairly complex scientific concepts such as plate tectonics, cave formation, and erosion. Accompanying photographs, diagrams, and captions add depth and interest. Each title begins with suggestions for parents or educators on reading the books with children and concludes with related activities. VERDICT Young researchers will find helpful information, and teachers can use these as strong components of a geography or geology unit.
Booklist (Sarah Hunter)
With exciting photos of erupting volcanoes and rivers of lava, this entry in the Legendary Landforms series introduces young readers to some basic facts about the topic. The text covers types of volcanoes, how they form, eruptions, dormancy, earth’s layers, and the “ring of fire,” as well as offering a rudimentary explanation of plate tectonics. Though many photos of volcanoes are included, they’re rarely labeled with a name or location, which is a bit of a drawback. While this certainly doesn’t break new ground—the “Try This” activity in the back matter is a classic baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano—the dynamic images and lively tone are still quite engaging, and the concepts are introduced in a clear, accessible way. This slim volume on a high-interest topic could serve as a launchpad for further research.
— Sarah Hunter