From the Set Forces of Nature
Discusses what avalanches are, how they occur, and how to protect oneself from avalanches.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.7|
|Guided Reading Level||Q|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook|
|Number of Pages||24, 24|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5|
A noteworthy review of Forces of Nature from Booklist on April 1, 2015
As snow builds, layer upon layer, high in the mountains, an avalanche will likely occur. Even the slightest vibration or the sound of a voice can cause snow to break away and careen down the mountainside, destroying everything in its wake. The two types of avalanches described are dry snow and slab. In the first, powdery snow blows off the mountain; in the second, large blocks of snow and ice break away and slide down the mountain. Each two-page spread of the book follows the same format, with a full-page photograph and text alternating between left and right pages. The photographs show avalanches in progress, and although they are in color, because of the snow, they mostly appear black and white. This entry in the Forces of Nature series is a good primer on the phenomenon.
Author: Patrick Merrick
Patrick Merrick was born in California and spent much of his early life moving from town to town and from state to state. Eventually, his family settled in Sioux Falls, SD. Patrick graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls in May of 1991. He has since received his Master of Education degree from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to writing over 45 children's books (he also writes under such names as Caleb Owens, Theresa Woods, Joshua Rutten, Andrew Donnelly, and Zachary Inseth), Patrick has been teaching science to children for more than a decade. He is also involved teaching Sunday school, on the local library board, and finally in coaching K-7 basketball and baseball. Currently, Patrick lives in Westbrook, MN. with his wife and five children. When not busy with school, writing, or parenting, Patrick enjoys the occasional nap.