Hurricane!

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One moment the sun is shining on the slopes of El Yunque, the largest mountain in eastern Puerto Rico. The next, everything has changed. The sky has turned deep purple, and you feel as if the air has been sucked from your lungs. That can mean only one thing: A hurricane is coming!

A young boy describes the experiences of his family when a hurricane hits their home on the island of Puerto Rico.

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Overview

One moment the sun is shining on the slopes of El Yunque, the largest mountain in eastern Puerto Rico. The next, everything has changed. The sky has turned deep purple, and you feel as if the air has been sucked from your lungs. That can mean only one thing: A hurricane is coming!

A young boy describes the experiences of his family when a hurricane hits their home on the island of Puerto Rico.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy and his family witness an awe-inspiring storm in this exhilarating picture book account. The narrator and his brother begin the day like any other--they scramble down the cliff near their Puerto Rico home and go snorkeling. As they explore the coral reef, the boys don't know the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Once up for air, they see an ominous purple sky and quickly head for home. The family hastily grabs some belongings and gathers the dog, then drives through the wind and water to a nearby shelter. There they crowd together with neighbors and gently sing verses of "Silent Night" as the hurricane roars and crashes, threatening to collapse the building. The storm eventually passes and, happily, leaves little destruction in its wake. Based on London's (The Candystore Man, reviewed above) recollection of a childhood experience, this suspenseful tale has a "you are there" immediacy. Poetic descriptions of hammering winds, crashing waves and lightning which "scribbled on the dark clouds" eloquently capture the beauty and violence of severe weather. Sorensen's (I Love You as Much) slightly hazy oil paintings move suddenly from sunny island blues and greens to chillingly dark grays. Several changes of scenery demonstrate the artist's skill at depicting varying types of light and shadow, from soft morning sun to dim kerosene lamplight. The current popularity of weather topics-El Nino and natural disasters, especially-also makes this a timely volume. Ages 5-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Tamara H. Zollinger
This picture book takes place on the slopes of El Yunque, the largest mountain in eastern Puerto Rico. Living next to the ocean allows these boys to experience the ocean as their play world. Swimming beneath the water, the boys are unaware of the changing weather. As the boys surface, they see the blackness of the clouds and hear their mother calling to them. The boys seem to understand the seriousness of the oncoming hurricane. They begin to pack. It is interesting to see what a young boy values...bike and puppy. They drive to a shelter where others who live in stilt houses have come. Singing calms them all down as the hurricane passes over them. The family returns home to clean up the damage. The boys, in the end, return to their play world on the beach. This illustrator has captured with his paintbrush and colors the feelings of the people who experience the hurricane.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688129774
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 433,736
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan London, who lives in Graton, California, prefers sandals to shoes, but he knows that nothing beats socks for dancing. When he's ready to put the extra slip in his slide, he kicks off his flip-flops and puts on some tube socks. When Jonathon isn't a sensation on the dance floor, he is a rage on the page with over forty books for children to his credit, including Froggy Gets Dressed, Hip Cat, Like Butter on Pancakes, and Puddles. He lives with his wife and two sons.

Henri Sorensen is the illustrator of I Love You As Much . . . , also by Laura Krauss Melmed; Wishes for You by Tobi Tobias; and The Gift of the Tree by Alvin Tresselt. He lives in Denmark with his wife and two daughters.

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