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Gopher to the Rescue!    by Terry Catasus Jennings & Laurie O'Keefe order for
Gopher to the Rescue!
by Terry Catasus Jennings
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2012 (2012)

* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

The volcano rumbles, shaking the earth for miles around, giving warning to the forest animals. Steam and ash burst from the top of the mountain. After another more terrible rumble, snow and rocks slide down the mountain. The volcano erupts. An explosion blows down all the trees and the top of the mountain disappears.

All the forest animals handle the disaster in different ways. Some try to run away. The gopher digs and digs. He is safe in his burrow with roots and bulbs to eat. Although the world is hot and dry, he is not the only one to survive. A mouse and a beetle crawl out of their hiding places. Newts and frogs survive under the ice and mud.

Based on the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, Terry Jennings explains how the animals help life return to the mountain. Laurie O'Keefe's illustrations help show what happens before, during, and after the destruction.

This Creative Minds book includes an educational section for teachers and parents to use with their students.

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