Dangerous Wildfires: Part of the Lightning Bolt Book Collection
Lola Schaefer, Author
Photographs: Acknowledgments of contributors at the end of the book
Lerner Publications, Nonfiction, Jan. 1, 2022
Suitable for ages: 6 – 9
Themes: Wildfires, Climate Change, Danger, Staying Safe
Opening: “Lightning strikes dry grass. The wind blows and sparks fly. A fire begins.”
Climate change is making wildfires worse, and it’s important to know how to stay safe. Read about what causes a fire, what makes it grow, and what happens when fire makes people leave their homes.
A spark from a lightning strike or a campfire can quickly grow into a wildfire covering acres. Learn about the types of wildfires, how climate change increases the danger, and how to stay safe. Plus hear from a wildfire survivor!
Why I like this book:
Many readers live in areas where wildfires reek havoc in the forests around them. Sadly, wildfires are becoming part of their lives. And if they aren’t personally impacted they see the wildfires reported on the daily news.
This book is age appropriate for emerging readers, 6-9. It is beautifully designed so that readers will enjoy the simple text — four chapters that explain what happens, gives important facts, answers many of their questions, and includes amazing photographs on each page that showcase wildfires from beginning to end. Each photo has a brief insert that points to what the text explains. Readers will be surprised to learn that wildfires can do some good.
This book is part of a larger series, the Earth in Danger — part of the Lightning Bolt Books collection.. Some of the other titles include: Dangerous Blizzards, Dangerous Droughts, Dangerous Earthquakes, Dangerous Floods, Dangerous Hurricanes, Dangerous Tornadoes, and Dangerous Volcanoes. Sadly enough, we are dealing with all of these dangers every year.
These books belong in every elementary school library. They are perfect go-to books that can be used in the classroom or used by kids for reports.
Resources: The book is a resource and will lead to many important discussions at home and school. If you live in areas where wildfires begin, put together a safety kit for home or school (instructions in the book).
You may want to check out the Smokey the Bear Link for kids and educators. Sign up to be a Smokey’s Scout and explore the fun activities.
Lola Schaefer is a professional author, teacher and public speaker. She has published more than 275 books in the past 25 years with trade, school/library, and classroom publishers. She is a writing consultant in elementary and middle schools, as well as a frequent presenter at writing conferences and workshops. She lives and works in Georgia.
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*Reviewed from a library copy.