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non-fiction finds {Volcano Rising and OUCH!}

Now that my daughter is about to enter 1st grade, I find myself searching more for non-fiction books.  I’m homeschooling her this year so any and every educational resource I find, I grab.  Charlesbridge has some great new releases, sent to me for review.

volcano rising by elizabeth rusch

Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch is my (and my daughter’s) favorite book right now.  This book based on real-life volcanoes takes a different view, not the typical scary, catastrophe angle.  This book is all about the incredible creations volcanoes make: new land, islands, mountains.  Sure, volcanoes can be disastrous, but we already know that.  What most of us don’t know, and why amateur volcanologist and writer Elizabeth Rusch is worth a read, are the names and stories of volcanoes around the globe.

Volcano Rising is the perfect mix of facts and gorgeous illustrations from Susan Swan.  The dynamic duo achieve what they set out to do — produce a book kids will both learn from and enjoy.  I learned a lot myself about historical volcanic eruptions (creative ones).  I also learned that Iceland, where a volcano is constantly growing the country in size, has a very strange language (to this American).  Thank goodness Rusch adds pronunciations where needed!

My daughter is looking at volcanoes in a whole new way, more of an awe than a fear.  We’re more worried about earthquakes here in Southern California than volcanoes anyway!

OUCH! by joe rhatigan

For you moms with I wanna be a doctor when I grow up kids, Ouch! by Joe Rhatigan is the perfect intro to med school book.  OUCH! covers common childhood ailments like upset tummies, allergies, broken bones and poison ivy.  It is a great tool for teaching the science behind those questions like “why do I feel so bad?”

As I went through this book with my daughter she skipped the ones that creeped her out like the bee sting and pinkeye (so cute).  The rest she has been very interested in and I think it brings her a bit of comfort.  OUCH! takes scary things like injury and sickness and sheds scientific light on them, unveiling the mystery.  My daughter was relieved to hear how the body “fixes itself” or how the doctor can step in and what he will do to make her feel better.

At the time we started to read OUCH! my daughter had a bruise.  Typically when this happens she nags me every day asking when the bruise will go away.  She learned from OUCH! the typical lifespan of a bruise and what the color changes mean.  It was really cool to watch her get excited as her bruise turned from purple to green/yellow and then disappear.  She was fascinated and I didn’t hear her complain one time about the bruise!

This is a great educational tool, perfect for boys and girls who want to be in the medical field one day or perhaps are science buffs.  It is also helpful for kids with injuries or illnesses who are frightened or confused about why they feel pain/discomfort.

Product was provided by Charlesbridge Publishing to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.  Post may contain affiliate links.

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