Sunday, April 18, 2010

Reference Sunday: Volcanoes & Iceland!

A long time ago when Mt St Helen's erupted in Washington State a friend of the family sent us a jar of ash.   For the longest time it sat on a shelf in my kitchen.   I have no idea where it has gone but this past week of watching the plume of ash shooting over Europe reminded me of it.   To me is just seemed like gray dust.   It didn't look harsh, in fact when I remember touching it, it seemed smooth.   The one in Iceland seems so much harsher; it is spewing glass & boulders.  

Here are some books that would be great to read to kids about this incredible phenomenon.

National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes! by Anne Schreiber Ages 4-8
Jump into Science: Volcano! by Ellen J. Prager also from National Geographic ages 4-8
Volcano & Earthquake (DK Eyewitness Books) by Susanna van Rose ages 9-12

Here are some books on Iceland that might give kids a point of reference:

Iceland (True Books) by Kathleen W. Deady ages 9-12 but younger audiences can understand too!
Iceland (Enchantment of the World) by Barbara A. Somervill Ages 9-12.

It is a funny coincidence that a friend of mine just got back from Iceland.   The photos he took were amazing and they made me really want to visit.   Maybe some other time~

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