Max Axiom Natural Disasters Set, 3-Book Set
Our price: $21.95
The Earth-Shaking Facts about Earthquakes with Max Axiom
Includes: Shaky Ground, Seismic Activity, Shocks and Quakes, and Being Prepared. Includes additional facts, glossary, appropriate internet sites, and recommended books. Trade paperback, 32 pages.
The Explosive World of Volcanoes with Max Axiom
Includes: Earth's Inferno, Sleeping Giants Awake, Cones and Calderas, and Amazing Eruptions. Includes additional facts, glossary, appropriate internet sites, and recommended books. Trade paperback, 32 pages.
The Whirlwind World of Hurricanes with Max Axiom
Includes: Violent Storm, Hurricane Hunters, Hurricanes In History, and Naming The Storm. Also includes additional facts, glossary, appropriate internet sites, and recommended books. Trade paperback, 32 pages.
About the Graphic Science Series:
What an incredibly unique way to teach science! Start with an ultra cool superhero scientist who can shrink to the size of an atom, or slip into a lab coat to travel through time, or even slip on a pair of sunglasses to obtain x-ray vision. Add engrossing graphics and short reader-friendly sentences, and there you have it, the Max Axiom series of graphic novels.
Max Axiom is your child's tour guide as he demonstrates and explains science in a thoroughly engaging and memorable way. These books are especially useful for children who find reading to be a drag or science a bore. Max Axiom's action-packed graphic narrative format makes science not only accessible but also attractive.
Scientific Terminology Explained
Each title is rich with detailed accurate information, scientific terminology is clearly defined and presented in a reader-friendly way. Some books also include well-done detailed diagrams to clarify the more difficult topics. Each vivid full-color book focuses on a single theme presenting it in an interesting and understandable way. All 32-page books include several pages with more facts, a glossary with kid-friendly definitions, a bibliography, and links to websites.
An Excellent Resource
Solid science and captivating graphic-novel illustrations make these books an excellent resource for your family's library. One caveat, these are published by a secular company, so occasional references to evolution may appear.
Experienced parents know that the amount of reading their child does will have a direct and positive impact on his reading fluency and vocabulary development. That is why graphic novels - which we used to refer to as comic books - though once relegated to the category of lowbrow reading, are now experiencing a surge in popularity.
You may think that the comic book medium is primarily for mainstream American children who are peppered by snack-size visual and audio bombardment. If you desire that your children slow down and feast on the written word, then you may cringe at the idea of a graphic novel version of Moby Dick. But before you issue a home-wide ban on these books, consider the following.
If you have a reluctant or beginning reader, your first concern should be for fluidity and competency. You will find that the graphic novel's illustrations draw your child in even as the vocabulary becomes more complex. Then, because the graphics are so attention-grabbing, children often find themselves reading for pleasure.
If your reluctant reader is an older child, your main concern may be making sure that he is culturally savvy. With graphic novels, vocabulary is introduced via contextual clues, making great literature accessible to more children. The interesting pictures and snappy dialogue, with little-to-no narration to bog the reader down, will encourage independent reading and learning. As the child's competence and confidence grow, so will his joy of literacy.
Even if your older child is a competent reader, he will enjoy taking a break from the verbally intense books characteristic of higher-level learning to enjoy a more visual form of storytelling. A 2006 study found that the amount of reading children did for fun decreased from the time they were eight through the teen years. Graphic books can re-engage them in the delights of reading for leisure as well as for learning.
There are children who may never read for pleasure; God just might have wired them differently. But most children, from the reluctant, faltering reader to the brilliant but easily bored adolescent, will find graphic novels intriguing.
Reading Level: Grades 3-4
Interest Level: Grades 3-9
Publisher: Capstone Press
I purchased the Natural Disasters set for my 8 and 4 year old boys. They both love the books and while my 8 year old reads them on his own, my 4 year old likes me to read them to him. The books all give basic information about each of the disasters covered, so if you are looking for something very in depth, you might consider other books. But for an introduction to earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes this is a great start. Each book contains information, history, types of jobs for scientists in that field, definitions, websites and book lists. The quality of the books are great as well, with thick pages that can stand up to a lot of use.