Killer Smog: London, England

Killer Smog: London, England

by Joyce L. Markovics


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On a cold December day in 1952, a thick layer of yellowish-black smog blanketed London, The filthy air blinded people in the streets. Traffic screeched to a halt. Worst of all, the pollution was deadly. It sickened 100,000 people and took the lives of 12,000. Look inside to learn the devastating story of the killer smog that brought London to a standstill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684022250
Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2017
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

The Great Smog 4

A Terrible Loss 6

Looking Back 8

Pea Soupers 10

December 5, 1952 12

Blinded! 14

Filthy Air 16

Sickened by Smog 18

Illness and Death 20

The Great Smog Lifts 22

The Clean Air Act 24

London's Air Today 26

Fixing the Future 28

Glossary 30

Bibliography 31


Learn More Online 31

Index 32

About the Author 32

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Killer Smog: London, England 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Natural disasters can come as unsuspecting as a fog, and this book explains how The Great Smog of 1952 occurred as well as the effects it had on all of London. The first sentence opens like an eerie mystery and immediately draws young readers into the scene. Readers will sympathize with the little girl as she tries to make her way through the mysterious fog. The accompany photographs enrich the atmosphere, making the entire event come to life. The history behind the fog and its causes remains rooted in facts, while keeping the information from getting too dry. Quotes from people who experienced the situation as well as little bubbles of extra tidbits dabbled among the photographs make it fun to glimpse through the pages and grab up pieces of information on the way. Although the seriousness of the catastrophe is never down-played, the ending offers a ray of hope and explains what has been done to hinder a future occurrence, and what is still being done to improve air quality in general. A glossary at the end offers definitions to the more difficult, high-lighted words in the book. There's also a link to a website, where kids can discover more about the smog and play a crossword puzzle. Children, ages six and up, who are interested in science, nature or world happenings are sure to enjoy this book and soak up the information. My own son thoroughly enjoyed this book and is determined to read through the entire series. I received a complimentary copy and I enjoyed reading this one. . .my son absolutely loves this series. . .that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.