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On April 21, 1956, a five-year-old girl was examined at a hospital in Minamata, Japan. Doctors were puzzled by her symptoms which included difficulty walking and speaking and severe convulsions. Days later, her sister came down with the same symptoms. Soon after, more people were found with the same illness. What was causing this devastating disease? Toxic Water: Minamata, Japan traces the tragic story of toxic wastewater from a factory that poisoned an entire Japanese town. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.

 
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF051160
Genre Nonfiction, Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2018
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Eco-Disasters
Language English
Number of Pages 32
ISBN 9781684022243, 9781684022786, 9781684023325
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 615.9'25663095225
Dimensions 8 x 10
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Guided Reading Level T
Lexile Reading Level 890
Author Meish Goldish
 

School Library Journal Review of Eco-Disasters

Gr 4-6–A dramatic introduction sets the scene of each event, followed by short chapters that describe it from start to finish or to its current status, with an emphasis on its immediate and continuing human costs. Each book clearly states who or what was responsible for the disaster, and discusses restitution or lack thereof to victims, as well as the ongoing or long-term detrimental effects. “Fixing the Future” sections detail continuing cleanup efforts or measures to prevent future calamities….VERDICT: This set will help readers understand the myriad large-scale ecological disasters that can happen and their lasting human and societal costs. A solid purchase.

Author/Illustrator biography
Correlations
Glossary of key words
Index
Online learning supplement
Sources for further research
Table of contents
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs