Hurricanes!

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Learn how hurricanes are formed, how they are named and classified, and what to do if a dangerous storm is on the way.

Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, and create waves as high as eighteen feet. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. They can cause tremendous damage and even change the shape of a shoreline.
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Overview

Learn how hurricanes are formed, how they are named and classified, and what to do if a dangerous storm is on the way.

Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, and create waves as high as eighteen feet. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. They can cause tremendous damage and even change the shape of a shoreline.
For centuries people did not know when a hurricane was coming. But now we have new methods to predict when and where these storms will occur.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Basic information about hurricanes is presented in clearly written text accompanied with illustrations, diagrams, and maps to aid in understanding. Readers learn how hurricanes are formed and where they most frequently occur. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, is staffed with meteorologists who track the storms and rate them according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, ranging from Category 1, with the least impact on the environment, through Category 5, which causes massive flooding and destruction. Three Category 5 Hurricanes are described, including the one in Galveston in 1900, Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Information about forecasting and tracking hurricanes includes definitions of a "storm watch" and a "storm warning" and ways to prepare for each of them, including evacuation. Definitions of key words are printed on the informative illustrations. An "Interesting Facts" page in the back compares hurricanes to other types of storms found around the world and lists websites for further information. A good source of information for young researchers. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This informative overview follows a format similar to Tornadoes! (Holiday House, 2009). Cartoonlike watercolor images filled with details accompany simple facts, such as the five categories of hurricanes and information about wind speed and surge heights. Maps of where hurricanes occur along with information on the most severe occurrences in American history are followed by details about forecasting and tracking these storms. A page about "What to do when a hurricane is approaching…" and another of "More interesting facts…" complete the book.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422975
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 119,037
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has written and illustrated more than fifty books for Holiday House, including Weather Words and What They Mean and The Reasons for Seasons. School Library Journal describes her work as "just right for browsers and beginners." She lives in Corinth, Vermont. Visit her on the web at www.gailgibbons.com.

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