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Author: Terry Catasus Jennings

Illustrator: Laurie O’Keefe

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Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Did you know that gophers play a role in helping a mountain after a volcano? This is the story of a gopher who helped restoreg the mountain and countryside after Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980. It shows how nature eventually flourished again because of the interdependence of various animals and plants. This is a picture book filled with science and nature information.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 10

Reading Level: 3.7

Age of Child: Read with a group of second-grade students.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend used this with her class and the book was well received.

Adult Reader Reaction: Gopher to the Rescue is nicely done with lots of good information. This would be an excellent way of getting a class interested in a science project or unit on nature.

Pros: There is lots to share for different audiences. Although this is a fictional character, the science content is accurate and detailed.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great book to share for learning or just enjoyment.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TIME For Kids: VOLCANOES! (Science Scoops, Confident Reader)   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: SURVIVAL OF THE SALMON (Riley's World Series®)   SURPRISING SHARKS

Educational Themes: There is a lot of depth to this book - and activities in the back, too. You can discover / study: volcanoes, animals, natural disasters and their aftermath, as well as habitat restoration.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, nature, geology

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2012

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