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Review: Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life

Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life by Jon Chad is part of a middlegrade comic series covering a variety of science topics. In Volcanoes: Fire and Life, readers follow Aurora as she attempts to convince her mission leader that volcanoes do exist, and that the Earth’s natural phenomenon could solve the fuel problems that leave her tribe struggling to keep warm in future Earth’s ice age.

The science fiction setting helps break up thorough, engaging infographics, giving readers a chance to absorb what they’re reading. Aurora’s infectious enthusiasm encourages readers to learn with her about plate subduction, chemosynthesis, and even the microscopic characteristics of volcanic ash. Very specific vocabulary (pyroclastic flow; mafic v. felsic, the geotherm) and detailed diagrams lay a strong foundation for understanding Earth’s physical forces. Where many books explain the general concepts and list types of volcanoes, Volcanoes: Fire and Life presents text-book level detail (and better!).

I’ll admit: there’s so much information that even I learned something! I especially loved the inclusion of chemical formulas (Si, CO2, SO2, etc.) and historic volcanic eruptions (Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Vesuvius, etc.). Jon Chad takes full advantage of the comic book format to bring amazingly thorough information to life, making it just as exciting as the story. My son enjoyed reading over this multiple times. I highly recommend Volcanoes: Fire and Life as an engaging learning resource for self-motivated learners who are ready to go beyond the basics.

Get your copy here for $12.99:
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781626723603?aff=(MichelleRistucc)

Or from Amazon:
http://amzn.to/2fT71zy

Look for the next in the series, covering Bats! Read more from the publisher here: http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/


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