New Books for Young ReadersChapter 1 of this fascinating book draws readers in by describing the terrible predicament two boys find themselves in when they disregarded the repeated hurricane evacuation warnings. her descriptions of the effects of the terrible wind force are graphic and gripping. Chapters 2 and 3 define hurricanes (a.k.a. cyclones and typhoons), how they are different from other kinds of storms, how they form, how their force is measured, how they are monitored, and what people can do to protect themselves. Diagrams, photos, satellite images, tables, and maps clarify the concepts and technical material. Chapter 4 is a collection of true stories about hurricane consequences, starting with the defeat of the famous pirate, Jean Lafitte, in 1818-not by soldiers, but by a hurricane that wiped out most of his supplies. Chapter 5 addresses the future: the potential effect of global warming to cause an increase in hurricane activity, and the possibility of controlling the impact of hurricanes. For science studies or for students interested in dramatic natural events, this book is a welcome addition to any library.
Weatherwise MagazineThis paperback book is a part of a series written for reluctant readers in grades 4-8. It uses the excitement and appeal of hurricanes to draw readers into descriptions of the processes of nature and weather, and includes personal accounts, illustrations, photographs, and satellite images. Interdisciplinary classroom support materials are also available to teachers.
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