The triple tragedies in Japan of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents have touched the hearts and minds of all around the world as we feel their pain and realize how quickly the world can change. The tragedies pose many questions. What causes earthquakes and tsunamis? What special attributes are true of Japan and the Japanese people that will help them survive this devastation and recover from it? We thought we’d pull a few titles from the Bookshare collection on earthquakes, tsunamis, and Japan for those wanting to read more. Brief extracts from the book synopses indicate age level, if a children’s book and world rights.
Earthquakes: Nature in Motion by Hershell H. Nixon and Joan Lowery Nixon. Discusses the nature of earthquakes, their causes and signs or precursors, their measurement and prediction, and what to do before, during, and after an earthquake A children’s book.
The Myth of Solid Ground: earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith by David L. Ulin with an emphasis on earthquakes in California, this fascinating book is a conversational consideration of quakes and those who live through them.
The Good Earth, by David McConnell, David Steer, Catharine Knight, Katharine Owens and Lisa Park. This is an earth science text book, available to all Bookshare members in the U.S., not just those with NIMAC access.
My First Britannica, Volumes 1-13, from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Ages 7 to 11. Tsunamis are covered in various sections. This book has world rights.
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey. An astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.
Japan by S. Chandramouli. This book narrates the history of Japan, focusing how the people of Japan resurrected and developed their motherland after the devastation caused by the World War II. Age level information was not available, but the book has 80 pages.
A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present (2nd edition), by Andrew Gordon. This history, published by Oxford University Press, begins in about 1800, looking at how particularly the industrial revolution had changed the balance of global economic and military power, and the pressures that caused the Tokugawa military lords to fall from power.
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