Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes Through the Centuries
Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrations by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Natural and man-made disasters have the power to destroy thousands of lives very quickly. Both as they unfold and in the aftermath, these forces of nature astonish the rest of the world with their incredible devastation and magnitude. In this collection of ten well-known catastrophes such as the great Chicago fire, the sinking of the Titanic, and hurricane Katrina, Brenda Guiberson explores the causes and effects, as well as the local and global reverberations of these calamitous events. Highlighted with photographs and drawings, each compelling account tells the story of destruction and devastation, and most especially, the power of mankind to persevere in the face of adversity.
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DISASTERS (Chapter 1)
The Parasitic Horror
A Tricky Virus
Starting in the early 1600s, a great disaster struck Native Americans living across the land that would become the United States and Canada. Their population...
Praise for Disasters
“The short text features enough variety and drama to keep readers engaged. This is a worthy introduction to a topic with perennial interest, especially since the species has become vulnerable.” —Booklist on Ice Bears
“Guiberson uses precise verbs and onomatopoeia to paint a picture of the daily activities of the bears while gracefully weaving in facts about their weight, diet, and climate.” —School Library Journal on Ice Bears
“Guiberson [is] one of the best science writers around for young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews on Rain, Rain, Rainforest"