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Toronto, Ripley Books, c1982.
Distributed by Collins.
61pp, paperbound boards, $7.95.
ISBN 0-00-217017-5.

Grades 4 and up.
Reviewed by George Gereben.

Volume 11 Number 3.
1983 May.

Accidents & Disasters is the first book in the new Marvels of Nature series by Ripley's Believe It or Not. The various strange, natural, and human accidents and disasters of the world are reported on in the book. Volcanoes, fires, sea disasters, and train crashes are just a few of the twelve topics.

An interesting feature on the Titanic includes the "curse" that sank the ship, the prediction of her sinking sixteen years before she was built. Also included is the incredible story of Frank Tower, an oiler on board who not only survived her sinking, but also swam away from two other major sea disasters. Other extraordinary and astonishing events include the burning of Rome 64 AD, the crash of the great airship, The Hindenburg 1937, to the recent eruption of Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington in 1980.

The book includes many fine photographs and drawings that enhance its attraction to all readers, particularly those in grades 4 to 8. The use of various types of print and colour is quite good and makes the book easy to read, An index at the back of the book makes locating particular disasters easy.

As a learning tool, this book has limited value to the teacher. However, its true value lies in the fact its topics would entice otherwise hesitant junior and intermediate readers to pick up the book and read.

George Gereben, Hamilton, ON.
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