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Patricia Lauber (1924–2010)

Author of Volcanoes and Earthquakes

106+ Works 10,579 Members 143 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

Patricia Lauber was born in New York City and graduated from Wellesley College. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 125 children's books including the Around-the-House History series, the Clarence the TV Dog series, and contributions to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Volcano: show more Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens received a Newbery Honor in 1986. In 1983, she received The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children's nonfiction literature. Besides being an author, she was also an editor of Junior Scholastic and editor-in-chief of Science World. She died on March 12, 2010 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Patricia Lauber

Volcanoes and Earthquakes (1985) 1,296 copies
Who Eats What? (1995) 882 copies
Be a Friend to Trees (1994) 640 copies
Snakes Are Hunters (1988) 495 copies
An Octopus is Amazing (1990) 396 copies
Tales Mummies Tell (1985) 259 copies
The News About Dinosaurs (1989) 211 copies
What Big Teeth You Have! (1986) 190 copies
The Friendly Dolphins (1963) 186 copies
Seeing Earth From Space (1990) 138 copies
Clarence Goes to Town (1957) 114 copies
Champ: Gallant Collie (1960) 109 copies
Clarence, The TV Dog (1955) 105 copies
All About the Planets (1960) — Author — 95 copies
Summer of Fire (1991) 78 copies
All About the Ice Age (1777) 72 copies
Get Ready for Robots! (1878) 70 copies
Seeds: Pop-Stick-Glide (1987) 65 copies
Famous Mysteries of the Sea (1962) 60 copies
Journey to the planets (1984) 51 copies
Clarence Takes a Vacation (1959) 46 copies
Living with Dinosaurs (1991) 46 copies
All About the Planet Earth (1962) 37 copies
The Runaway Flea Circus (1958) 23 copies
Earthquakes (TW 2305) (1972) 19 copies
The Quest of Louis Pasteur (1960) 17 copies
Jokes and More Jokes (1963) 15 copies
Your body and how it works (1962) 13 copies
The story of numbers (1961) 13 copies
Bats; wings in the night (1968) 13 copies
The Quest of Galileo (1959) 12 copies
How Dinosaurs Came to Be (1996) 11 copies
Tapping Earth's Heat (1978) 10 copies
Who Needs Alligators? (1974) 8 copies
Crazy tales (1975) 7 copies
Sea Otters and Seaweed (1976) 5 copies
This Restless Earth (1970) 5 copies
The Story of Dogs (1966) 4 copies
Of Man and Mouse (1971) 3 copies
Magic up your sleeve (1954) 2 copies
The planets 2 copies
Too much garbage (1974) 2 copies
Penguins on Parade (1958) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Look-It-Up Book of the 50 States (1967) — some editions — 26 copies


animals (267) astronomy (38) biography (90) biology (39) children (59) children's (111) children's books (31) dinosaurs (59) dogs (43) earth (83) earth science (74) ecology (30) environment (36) fiction (60) food (28) food chain (46) food chains (42) geography (37) geology (60) habitats (28) history (163) hurricanes (34) informational (83) Let's Read and Find Out (53) natural disasters (36) nature (113) NF (27) non-fiction (533) ocean (48) octopus (27) picture book (146) plants (55) reptiles (39) science (729) science nonfiction (29) snakes (57) space (73) trees (87) volcanoes (124) weather (77)

Common Knowledge

Legal name
Frost, Patricia Lauber
Date of death
Places of residence
New Canaan, Connecticut, USA
children's book author
Scholastic Magazine
Heifer International
Science World
Short biography
Patricia Lauber's favorite book from what she wrote was the first, Clarence the TV Dog (source: Home at Last! : A Young Cat's Tale).



Charming short stories really, each chapter is a new adventure that Clarence has with his young owners...all very simple and everyday sorts of fun. I love children's book from the 1950's for this very reason!
Martialia | Sep 28, 2022 |
An excellent elementary level discussion of Mount St. Helens and its eruption of 1980. Contains good before and after photos and diagrams; however, this book was published in 1986, so the "healing" part of the text is missing over 35 years of data.
mebrock | 18 other reviews | Oct 1, 2021 |
A non-fiction Newbery Honor Book about the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 and the area's subsequent regrowth. Eh. Clearly meant for kids, but it accomplishes this in simplistic language only. I mean, come on, this is a cool topic, so a book for kids about it should be more interesting than this one is. Also, the photos included were weirdly hard to figure out; for example, some of them were meant to focus on something that was *way* in the background of the actual photo, and a couple had blurbs that talked about features of the mountain that I could not find in the photo at all. Some sort of arrow pointing out said feature would have been great and seems like an obvious necessity to me. Anyway. I'll file this one in the Could Have Been Cool But Missed the Boat box.… (more)
electrascaife | 18 other reviews | Feb 14, 2021 |
How can we be so sure of shat ancient life was like? Largely because mummies have begun to "talk" to scientists. X-rays allow scientists to study mummies that have never been unwrapped. Scientists can examine the bones of a mummy and figure out the age at death, signs of disease, and fractures that healed
riselibrary_CSUC | 1 other review | Oct 13, 2020 |



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