Children's Literature - Susan FournierTornadoes are deadly, destructive storms that most of us would want to immediately get away from. Yet there are some people who intentionally follow these deadly storms hoping to experience them up close and learn more about them. These people are called storm chasers and they are scientists who study tornadoes and the weather patterns that accompany them. Learn all about tornadoes and the destruction they can cause by reading this book. One in a series of books for beginning readers, Storm Chasers was written for second and third grade children, but would interest readers younger and older. A table of contents and index would add to the usefulness of this book, but it is still a valuable piece of non-fiction.
School Library JournalGr 2-3--Wrapped around a core of an episode with a fictitious pair of storm chasers is a reasonable amount of information on tornadoes and the efforts made by meteorologists to learn more about them. A selection of tornado-generated incidents with high "Wow!" factors to engross reluctant readers are included. The whole ends with a section of sensible advice on actions to take in case of a tornado alert. The illustrations are pleasant enough, but some of the color photos are murky and lack definition. Still, for beginning readers, this is a readable companion to Franklyn Branley's Tornado Alert (Crowell, 1988) and Arlene Erlbach's Tornadoes (Children's Press, 1994).--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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