Gopher to the Rescue!

A Volcano Recovery Story
Gopher to the Rescue!: A Volcano Recovery Story. illus. by Laurie O'Keefe. unpaged. diags. maps. CIP. Sylvan Dell. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-131-6; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-141-5; ebook $9.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-151-4. LC 2011034325.
K-Gr 4—Full of interesting facts, this picture book introduces youngsters to the eruption on Mount St. Helens. Through the point of view of a gopher that lives on the mountain, readers are told of the effects of the disaster on the habitat of living and nonliving things. The story describes how certain plants and animals survived the volcanic blast and how others were unable to find food or shelter after the explosion. It explains how nature rebuilds and recovers after years of devastation. Realistic drawings depict wildlife in all stages of survival. Full-page spreads and earthy hues will capture children's attention and show the interconnectedness of nature. Back matter includes educational supplements and activities on natural disasters, habitat changes, pressure and melting, and tectonic plates.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
This story about how the destructive effects of a volcano are mitigated over time follows a gopher, whose natural digging behavior helps with the recovery of the habitat. Though the detailed art is realistic, the animals appear concerned then fearful as they run from the eruption. Information about volcanoes and tectonic plates, a quiz, and a couple of experiments are appended.

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