Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms

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Through riveting narrative and eyewitness stories, young readers learn what it's really like to be caught in a monster tornado. Captivating first-person accounts and news reports detail survivors' experiences of the most destructive tornadoes ever to occur in the United States. And thrill-seekers' reports add to the drama and suspense. Historical perspectives on the human experience of tornadoes and scientific perspectives on why twisters happen and how to keep people safe add to the intrigue of this fascinating ...

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Overview

Through riveting narrative and eyewitness stories, young readers learn what it's really like to be caught in a monster tornado. Captivating first-person accounts and news reports detail survivors' experiences of the most destructive tornadoes ever to occur in the United States. And thrill-seekers' reports add to the drama and suspense. Historical perspectives on the human experience of tornadoes and scientific perspectives on why twisters happen and how to keep people safe add to the intrigue of this fascinating topic. Ample back matter will help students find sources to write well-informed and compelling reports.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you have lived in Oklahoma as I did then you would be familiar with tornados—Oklahoma is located in a part of the country referred to as "tornado alley." As one would expect in a National Geographic book for kids, the photographs are outstanding and the text is a grabber. It opens with a description of a tornado that formed in Kansas in 2007. The tornado was huge and devastating—95% of the homes and businesses were destroyed—but thanks to an early warning from the Weather Service only 11 people lost their lives. A full spread gives readers an idea of the destructive force of 200 mile an hour winds. Another spread provides ten facts about tornadoes—the last one was certainly fascinating: "Tornadoes come in all colors because they take on the color of the material they pick up." There is a bit of history including a note and drawing by Benjamin Franklin who observed a tornado in Maryland as well as current information about storm chasers and the Fujita Scale that rates the wind speed and type of damage a tornado can do. The most powerful is EF5 with winds of more than 200 miles per hour which leads to near total destruction. The pictures of these spiraling storms are stunning, but it is clear that they are dangerous. There are pages detailing tornado records, the deadliest, where they tend to occur both in the U.S. and around the world and a sequence of incredible picture showing the inside of a tornado. The book closes with a glossary, bibliography, list of those interviewed and an index. A valuable resource to learn about one of nature's truly mighty forces. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—A welcome and popular addition on a topic that always needs updating. Like many other general surveys, this narrative contains eye-witness accounts, old newspaper headlines, and lists of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history. Without the gimmicks of the foldout pages of Mary Kay Carson's Inside Tornadoes (Sterling, 2010), the intensity and power of these brief but deadly storms are shown in large color photographs, drawings, and diagrams. While there are similarities in design—text and text boxes at a modest slant as in Cynthia Pratt Nicolson's Tornado! (Kids Can, 2003)—the authors' use of National Geographic's scrapbooklike graphics with text boxes looking like torn and windblown pieces of paper is engaging. The updating of the tornado rating system known as the Enhanced Fujita (EF) makes earlier works slightly outdated, although this season's tornadoes make even this work almost outdated. A two-page global map of tornado locations and intensities is included.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426307799
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 427,812
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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