Hurricane

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When a storm is raging, David and George are glad to be inside the house, snug and safe. In this spectacular picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient David Wisener, a fallen tree becomes the threshold to the limitless voyage of the imagination, which David and George share as only true friends—and brothers—can.

The morning after a hurricane, two brothers find an uprooted tree which becomes a magical place, transporting them on ...

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Overview

When a storm is raging, David and George are glad to be inside the house, snug and safe. In this spectacular picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient David Wisener, a fallen tree becomes the threshold to the limitless voyage of the imagination, which David and George share as only true friends—and brothers—can.

The morning after a hurricane, two brothers find an uprooted tree which becomes a magical place, transporting them on adventures limited only by their imaginations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Wiesner captures perfectly the aura of a giant storm from a child's perspective. A family weathers a hurricane; the next day, in the post-hurricane yard, the two boys in the family play on a great fallen elm, imagining it to be a jungle, a pirate ship, and a space ship. A handsome book, affording opportunities for sharing fears and dreams of adventure."—Copyright © 1991 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. Horn Book

"We wouldn't wish a real hurricane on children, but this book will give them a taste of the magic of the moment when the lights go out." School Library Journal, Starred

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gently illuminated watercolors add luster to this playful tale of two brothers who find that the excitement of a storm is surpassed only by the imaginary adventures it inspires. Ages 5-8. Aug.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3For brothers David and George, the only thing more unforgettable than the gusty storm that assailed their neighborhood for most of one day is the downed giant elm they find the next morning. The formidable tree becomes a vehicle for hours of imaginative play and fanciful excursions. The stuff of boyhood memories. Oct. 1990
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395629741
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 451,065
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.69 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wiesner

David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989. David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and he has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. He is only the second person in the award’s history to win the Caldecott Medal three times. David and his wife, Kim Kahng, and their two children live near Philadelphia, where he devotes full time to illustration and she pursues her career as a surgeon.

Biography

David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989.

David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. In addition writing and illustrating his own picture books, he has illustrated stories for many other children's authors.

Good To Know

  • At a young age, he created wordless comic books such as Slop the Wonder Pig and silent movies like his kung-fu vampire film The Saga of Butcula.

  • As an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design, he met two mentors: Tom Sgouros and David Macaulay who taught him the fundamentals of illustration and fostered his creative imagination. He dedicated Tuesday to Sgouros and The Three Pigs to Macaulay.

  • Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott winner and only the second person in the award's long history to claim that distinction.
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      1. Hometown:
        Outside Philadelphia, P.A.
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 5, 1956
      2. Place of Birth:
        Bridgewater, NJ
      1. Education:
        Rhode Island School of Design -- BFA in Illustration.
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