World Book’s Natural Disasters is a 15-volume, richly illustrated set that explains the science behind natural disasters and provides fascinating examples of powerful forces of nature at work throughout recorded history. The text and illustrations combine to explain the destructive power of nature’s fury and its devastating effects. The forces of nature covered by the set include blizzards;
heat waves; hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones; ice storms;
landslides, mudslides, and avalanches; pandemics;
tsunamis and seiches; and volcanoes.
The first volume, Forces of Nature, introduces the scientific areas investigated in the series: meteorology, geology, and microbiology. Each of the other 14 volumes explores the science behind a specific force of nature: What is a volcano? What causes an ice storm? Where do tornadoes occur? Why are some areas, such as the Great Plains and parts of Australia, repeatedly hit by drought and heat waves? How do infectious diseases spread across the world to become such scourges as the Great Plague of the Middle Ages and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918? Interspersed among these informative spreads are fascinating examples of some of the most famous and devastating natural disasters in history: the destruction of Pompeii by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.; the Great Tsunami of 2004 that swept hundreds of thousands of people to their deaths; the 1906 earthquake that flattened the city of San Francisco; the Great Ice Storm of 1998, which ranks as the worst natural disaster in Canada’s history; the recent drought in Australia, which was that continent’s worst in 500 years; and the amazing hurricane season of 2005, which included Katrina and the near destruction of New Orleans.
Each volume of Natural Disasters features a fact box on every spread highlighting fascinating information and key concepts about the forces of nature; hands-on activities that allow students to use science to understand natural phenomena; a glossary that defines key content words that appear in boldface in the text; and an index. World Book’s Library of Natural Disasters was designed to correlate with standard curricula in the language arts and natural sciences, particularly geology, meteorology, and microbiology.
- Fact boxes highlight fascinating information and key concepts, making the content accessible to a wide range of readers
- Hands on activities in every volume encourage students to use science to understand natural phenomena
- A glossary in every volume aids comprehension
- Key context words words appear in boldface in the main text and are defined in the glossary to build vocabulary
- An index in every volume makes the set easy to use
- Vivid photgraphs capture the powerful forces of nature and illustrate important concepts
- Easy-to-understand text explains the science behind destructive phenomena
- Actual disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, are examined in depth
“The new World Book set, Library of Natural Disasters, not only satisfies curiosity, but uses the science of disasters to ground fascination inn knowledge…this serves as an excellent reference source for younger readers. Many library media specialists will want an extra set to circulate.”…“Best of all, the set is ideal for cross-curricular research units to provide motivation, information, and suggestions for further investigation.”
American Reference Books Annual 2009
“This outstanding set provides an attractive, riveting, and thorough look at the major types of natural disasters. Each volume is generously illustrated with b&w and color photographs as well as informative charts and diagrams. Not only do the books clearly explain the causes and environmental effects of the disasters themselves, they also provide essential information on how the disasters can affect human life and health. Instances of each type of disaster are shown in their historical contexts, such as the blizzard that nearly destroyed Napoleon’s army on its retreat from Moscow, making the set a valuable tool for content-area collaboration. Each volume contains a classroom activity, a glossary, a bibliography listing both print and electronic resources, and an index. Highlighted boxes present interesting and useful details and statistics that enhance the main text. This set would be a significant addition to any middle school library, and would even be appreciated by most high school students for its clarity, content, and conciseness. Highly Recommended.”
Library Media Connection, April 2009
“World Book’s latest endeavor to provide a reliable reference source for primary and middle-grade students and their educators on the timely topic of natural disasters is a ‘fait accompli.’ Each of the 15 volumes, 48 pages in length, treats either singly or in combination the many types of disasters that regularly beset victims and survivors throughout the ages. The format selected for each volume is similar and timely. The Table of Contents page provides entries that are brief and pithy. Young researchers will be able to find quickly a clear definition, causes, effects, and historic examples of their chosen disaster. The text with its catchy sub-titles, brilliant photography, informative sidebars and charts is concise and clear in its presentation. The end pages of each volume contain an activity that is suited to the intended age group and its purpose. This is a prime incentive for educators to urge their students to concretize how the science and power of disasters affect all peoples……Highly recommended for all libraries that service elementary and middle grades readers and their educators.”
Catholic Library World, March 2008