Storm Chasers: On the Trail of Deadly Tornadoes

Storm Chasers: On the Trail of Deadly Tornadoes

by Matt White
     
 

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Examines what a storm chaser is and how they track, observe, and document deadly weather, especially tornadoes, and discusses how severe weather develops and safety precautions to take in such storms.  See more details below

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Examines what a storm chaser is and how they track, observe, and document deadly weather, especially tornadoes, and discusses how severe weather develops and safety precautions to take in such storms.

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Children's Literature
Some of the excitement of the subject, tornadoes, is diminished by the pedantic text. "Tornado forecasting is hard because tornadoes act in strange ways. Tornadoes sometimes happen with little warning." "You may be indoors when a tornado hits. It so, you need to think fast. If your house has a basement, take shelter there. Below ground is the best place to be." There is some difference about safety outside in a storm: for lightning one is advised to "crouch with knees under you," but for wind, one is advised to "lie down flat." The small photographs do not do the subject justice. This is a chapter book with internal headings and footnotes defining words. There is an epilogue in which Dr. Charles Doswell, a storm chaser, talks of his experiences. The book has a glossary, bibliography, useful addresses, Internet sites, and an index. This could be used as a reference book on the subject. The book's Reading Consultant is Timothy Rasinski, and Content Consultant is Charles A. Doswell, III. 2003, Capstone Curriculum Publishing/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
— Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-White's simply written text is garnished with color photos and a location map. Potentially unfamiliar words are in bold type, with definitions both at the bottom of the page and in the glossary. Each chapter begins with a set of questions that introduces the topic covered-storm chasing, tornado formation, and forecasting, for example-and may be used as lead-ins to classroom discussion. The book includes an interview with a noted meteorologist/storm chaser, a bibliography (which ignores Seymour Simon's elegant Tornadoes [Morrow, 1999]), useful addresses, and Internet sites. More difficult than Gail Herman's Storm Chasers (Grosset & Dunlap, 1997), and not as personal as Keith Greenberg's Storm Chaser (Blackbirch, 1997), this useful if uninspired book will pass on some information to less-than-avid readers.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736895309
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
High Five Reading - Red Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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