Review & Free Book: Earth Shattering Events

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

April 2020 UPDATE: The publishers at Cicada have made this book available to download for FREE to help families who are learning at home. They have also included some teaching notes.

Find the book and resources here.

Book Title: Earth Shattering Events (available here)

Author: Robin Jacobs

Illustrator: Sophie Williams

Publisher: Cicada

Publication Date: October 2019

Most Suitable For: KS2

We often get asked about books to support the ‘Awesome Earth’ or ‘Natural Disasters’ topics for KS2 and we think we may have just found the perfect one.

Earth Shattering Events explores geological and meteorological disasters, with each page dedicated to a different natural event from volcanoes and tsunamis to cyclones and wildfires. Each event is explained in a way that is easy to understand for junior children without compromising on presenting the underlying scientific facts.

A real strength of the book is how highly visual the design is, with appealing diagrams, large illustrations, maps and charts contributing greatly to the reader's understanding of each topic. Also of high interest are the explanation boxes showing what to do if you get caught in the various disasters and the charts that show how each one is measured.

This is a wonderful book with a high level of appeal and certainly one to recommend for KS2 classrooms as a topic book or a really interesting read for pleasure.

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You can order Earth Shattering Events online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book.

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