I had a few minutes to spare, so I picked up this short educational children’s book, and it brought a smile to my face. The concept is advice for young children in the event of an earthquake, in a fun way that they can easily remember, without being frightened. My favourite thing about “Tummy Rumble Quake” is the clever way Heather explains the scientific cause of an earthquake – like a jigsaw puzzle, in which sometimes the pieces argue for space; I thought this was a great analogy – as well as giving children an understanding of earthquakes which makes them less intimidating, it also provokes questions about the geology of the planet generally.
“Tummy Rumble Quake” has some great, vividly colourful illustrations, though much of the details in these might be missed because the text is not inline within the imagery, which might have made the book a little more aesthetically pleasing. My only gripe with the book - and I am nit-picking here - is that the TM symbol is quite imposing and distracting; I wonder if I felt its unnecessarily large proportion, and recurring use, was indicative of an unnecessarily diligent approach to what is essentially a book for children. Though, of course, we do live in punitive times, sadly, so I can understand Heather’s caution. On a similar note, perhaps the legal section of the book - the part aimed at adults – would have looked nicer at the back, after all the fun stuff.
The exercises for kids, at the end of the book, are also a great touch, and definitely secure this book’s educational intent, if perhaps touching on subjects which young readers might point out weren’t mentioned in the book. Still, this is a great little guide, which offers a really fun way to teach children not to fear, but to respect earthquakes, and I recommend it to parents who live in affected areas.
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