Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens

Patricia Lauber, Author Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing $17.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-02-754500-5
Mount St. Helens's powerful explosions in 1980 shook the country for hundreds of miles; its destructive mudflow leveled whole forests, and left behind desolate landscapes. Almost from the moment the volcano quieted down, there has been a slow but steady return of life to the mountain. With Lauber's taut prose and well-edited photographs, the reader relives the eruption and healing. The author begins with scientists' predictions, 123 years before the volcano blew; documents the actual blast; then traces the surviving plant, animal and insect life which continue to develop to this day. Lauber also explains how these survivors created a base on which other life forms could take hold. The full-color photos allow readers to observe the contrasts caused by the eruptions: a peaceful lake becomes a lunar mudhole, green plants grow stubbornly out of cracks in the hard crust. The bookand Mount St. Helensstand as testimony to the tenacity of life. This is a magnificent, awe-inspiring work. (8-11)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1986
Release date: 06/01/1986
Hardcover - 978-0-395-73257-1
Prebound-Glued - 64 pages - 978-0-7857-0538-3
Paperback - 64 pages - 978-0-689-71679-9
Paperback - 978-0-87628-349-3
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