Dear Katie, the Volcano Is a Girl by Jean Craighead George

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Dear Katie, The Volcano is a Girl by Jean Craighead George (illustrated by Daniel Powers; Hyperion, 1998) is the story about a grandmother and a granddaughter on vacation in Hawaii. They tour a volcano, and while Katie insists that the volcano is Pele (a goddess) her grandmother disagrees and explains how volcanoes form because cracks between plates of the earth ooze magma, forming an island.

I love how the folklore is woven into a storyline. It is highly readable and also educational. This would a great introduction to a lesson about earth science, especially volcanoes.

Reviewed on April 1, 2024

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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