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Fire : friend or foe
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Discusses forest fires and the effect that they have on both people and the natural world.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1120 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 7.2 1.0 28235.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.1 4 Quiz: 24450.
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QH545.F5 P38 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fire has frightened and fascinated human beings for centuries. Although we often think of fire as only hurtful, it can play an essential part in maintaining the natural balance of nature. As science explores the role of naturally occurring fires, we have become better skilled at utilizing fire and living alongside its dangers. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's authoritative text -- coupled with William Munoz's spectacular photographs -- documents scientists' growing knowledge of the awesome power offire. Index.

Author Notes

Anaïs Nin 1903-1977

Writer and diarist Anaïs Nin was born February 21, 1903 in Neuilly, France to a Catalan father and a Danish mother. She spent many of her childhood years with her Cuban relatives. Later, she became a naturalized American citizen.

Nin is best known for her journals,"The Diary of Anais Nin, Vols. I-VII" and her erotic fiction. In fact, Nin was one of the raliest writers of erotica for women. She also wrote the book Henry and June, which was made into a movie of the same name in 1990.

In 1973 Anaïs Nin received an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974. She died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, on January 14, 1977.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. Patent, who again teams up with photographer William Munoz, presents a book that is more focused than its title suggests. It is not a generic look at fire, but a concise, comprehensive perspective on forest fires--how we fight them and how they affect the land. Patent also discusses the current trend toward letting fires burn, pointing out that today more agencies view fire as part of the natural cycle of renewal and are using small controlled blazes to decrease the potential for larger ones--a return to the methods native Americans used centuries ago. The text offers rich science support, including a chemical definition of fire, details about how trees and plants have adapted to fire, and a debunking of the myth that fire is deadly to all wildlife. The chapter on prevention describes the equipment and practices of firefighters and smoke jumpers. Munoz's full-color photographs are a nice complement to the text, balancing images of danger and devastation with lush shots of forestland that is flourishing only a decade after flames have been extinguished. --Randy Meyer

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-After discussing the chemical properties of fire, Patent challenges assumptions about it as a harmful force and shows how it is a natural and productive part of the Earth's growth cycles. The clear, unsensationalized text is both informative and lively, with general statements often followed up with examples from the natural world. A discussion of fire-fighting methods focuses mainly on smoke jumpers. A chapter is devoted to the Yellowstone fires of 1988 and their aftermath. The book ends with a balanced look at forest-fire management and examples of successes and failures of prescribed burnings. Muñoz's vivid full-color photographs range from dazzlingly bright scenes to the more subtle beauty of fireweed thriving amid charred and fallen trees. Seymour Simon's Wildfires (Morrow, 1996) also treats fire as a vital natural force in slightly less detail and Ann Armbruster's Wildfires (Watts, 1996) covers much of the same ground as Patent in a slightly less inviting format. Joy Masoff's Fire! (Scholastic, 1998) focuses on firefighters in fascinating detail while Laurence Pringle's Fire in the Forest (Macmillan, 1994) concentrates on the fire cycle's role in ecosystems. Patent and Muñoz's title gives libraries another excellent purchase option in a key subject area.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.