The Superstorm Hurricane Sandy

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Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
This title, part of the "True Book" series, covers Hurricane Sandy from early warnings to the immediate aftermath. The five short chapters walk readers through the storm as it pushed through the Caribbean and across the Atlantic. It includes information on the storm preparations including evacuations, the closing up of homes, stocking up on non-perishables, and shutting down transportation systems. The text goes on to describe the winds and floods when it hit New Jersey and New York. It then describes the most immediate aftereffects, including: fires; gasoline, food and drinking water shortages; electrical outages that lasted for weeks, wide-spread erosion, and flooded subway tunnels. Interspersed with the story are pages of related information on climate change, other hurricanes, and the effects on other parts of the country, such as the presidential election campaigns being put on hold. Text features include full-color photographs, maps, a timeline, a table of contents, an index, and a list of resources. The first page asks a true or false question that gives readers a purpose for close reading. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Superstorm Sandy captured the headlines in the fall of 2012, and while the front pages have been relinquished to other stories, its effects are still being felt in many communities. This book provides enough detail to paint a vivid picture without unnecessarily scaring young readers, many of whom may have experienced the storm firsthand. The first chapter traces the storm's origin and path through the Caribbean nations. Gregory provides a strong sense of context, listing the damage and casualties Sandy caused in each country, including the plight of the Haitians still homeless from the 2010 earthquake. The rest of the book is dedicated to the impact on the Northeast, from President Obama's emergency declaration on October 28, through the major news stories (including the presidential campaign), to the cleanup and recovery efforts. The captioned color photographs are plentiful, but small. Maps, side boxes about other catastrophic North American hurricanes (including Katrina), and a statistics page add detail; defined bold vocabulary words with pronunciations in a glossary and an index will aid researchers too young for primary sources.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531237519
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/7/2013
  • Series: A True Book-Disasters Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 342,547
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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