Selvakumar Knew Better [NOOK Book]

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"Tsunami! Run!"
The bright December morning dawned like any other. The Ramakrishnan family went about their daily business, but their scruffy yellow dog, Selvakumar, felt something in the air.
When a low rumbling noise began to fill the village, Papa climbed on the roof to see what was happening. What he saw was a wall of water rushing toward the shore. "Tsunami! Run!" The family scrambled to outrun the huge wave, but seven-year-old Dinakaran ...
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Overview

"Tsunami! Run!"
The bright December morning dawned like any other. The Ramakrishnan family went about their daily business, but their scruffy yellow dog, Selvakumar, felt something in the air.
When a low rumbling noise began to fill the village, Papa climbed on the roof to see what was happening. What he saw was a wall of water rushing toward the shore. "Tsunami! Run!" The family scrambled to outrun the huge wave, but seven-year-old Dinakaran misunderstood. He ran toward his house, where he huddled in a corner for safety.
But Selvakumar would not let him stay there. Barking, nudging, and dragging Dinakaran by the collar, Selvakumar managed to convince him to flee from the house toward the hill. As they reached higher ground, the boy stopped to catch his breath, but Selvakumar knew better. He pushed him even higher to where Mama and Papa had fled and were waiting, worrying about their eldest son.
This true story of a courageous and clever dog who saved a boy's life during the devastating tsunami of 2004 is sure to touch the hearts of readers of all ages. While the region is still struggling to recover from the disaster and families rebuild what they have lost, Selvakumar reminds us that with our loved ones beside us, no obstacle is too great to be overcome.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
This book tells the true story of how seven-year-old Dinakaran, an Indian native, was saved from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami by his dog, Selvakumar. The story is written from Selvakumar's perspective. Readers learn that though Dinakaran's family is unaware of the growing surge of water, Selvakumar senses the coming catastrophe. With his yellow fur bristling, he whines and barks his uneasiness. But he is told to hush. Even when the vibrations travel up his paws, urging Selvakumar to run, he loyally remains with his family. It is only when Dinakaran's parents shout, "Tsunami! Run!" that Selvakumar springs into action. He chases after Dinakaran when he runs home thinking it is the best place to hide. At forty yards from the shore, it is not. Desperate to get Dinakaran up the large hill with the rest of the family, Selvakumar grabs Dinakaran's shirt and pulls and tugs until his teeth hurt. Finally coaxed outside, Dinakaran sees the approaching tsunami and runs with Selvakumar as fast as he can, staying just ahead of the huge wall of water. Atop the hill, they look back at the destruction of the village, their flat houses "as if they'd been stork nests of loose straw." Selvakumar is suitably hugged and thanked for his bravery. With more than fifty books to her credit, Kroll wrote this story after reading about it in the newspaper. Shen's Books is donating some of the proceeds to the Tsunami Recovery Fund. Li's illustrations are exquisite.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This picture book is inspired by the true story of an Indian boy, Dinakaran, who escaped the 2004 tsunami with the help of his dog, Selvakumar. While the boy's family innocently goes about their morning routine, the dog whines and paces to alert them to impending disaster. When Dinakaran runs to the house in the midst of the tsunami, instead of further inland, his pet stays with him until he is able to herd the boy to safety. Li's rich illustrations are breathtaking, but the tension and emotion wrapped up in the characters' faces are often lacking in the text. The narrative veers off course when the believable portrayal of a dog's extra sense turns into his fortune-telling: "Didn't they know that a mighty earthquake had rumbled under the ocean and would soon bring raging waves onto the shore?" A merely adequate option for a discussion on tsunamis.-Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619890169
  • Publisher: Shen's Books
  • Publication date: 1/11/2012
  • Sold by: Sachmanya
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 32 MB
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  • Posted April 11, 2013

     Based on a true story, Selvakumar Knew Better is the story of a

     Based on a true story, Selvakumar Knew Better is the story of a dog who rescued a seven-year-old boy during the Tsunami of 2004.  The story is told in a gentle way, so even young children can listen to or read about this massive disaster and the heroic dog who "knew" it was imminent.




       Dinakaran does what many children do when they are frightened--he hides.  But, Selvakumar, the family's loyal dog, refuses to leave his side until Dinakaran is safe.  This amazing story is told with simple language, and is beautifully descriptive:
    "Selvakumar and Dinakaran didn't stop running until they reached the upper road.  Their sides ached and they panted heavily, their breaths feeling like hot coals burning in their chests...




    ...Finally they looked down toward the shore.  Selvakumar nuzzled against Dinakaran's knee, and they both blinked their dark brown eyes in disbelief."




       The clarity of the illustrations in this eBook makes the story even better.  The pictures seem to come to life on the screen, the characters' eyes shine, and the scenes are perfectly portrayed.  Young readers become immersed in the story through the fear on the characters' faces, the impending gloom in the air, and the emotion and urgency of the situation.




       Picture books and living books are a wonderful tool for teaching historical events, and Selvakumar Knew Better is just right for learning more about the personal stories from the tsunami.  The E-Reader format is a convenient way to store and carry this book, and Selvakumar Knew Better proves that the quality is just as good, if not better, than the printed page.




    This book is available through Kite Readers.




    {Editorial Review--The publisher provided me with a review copy of this eBook in exchange for my honest review.}

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