Tornadoes!

Tornadoes!

by Gail Gibbons
     
 

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Tornadoes are funnel-shaped clouds that can cause massive destruction on the ground. Their winds can swirl faster than 260 miles per hour! Using her acclaimed combination of clear text and detailed illustrations, Gibbons explains how tornadoes form, the scale used for classifying them, and what to do in case one should be near you.

Overview

Tornadoes are funnel-shaped clouds that can cause massive destruction on the ground. Their winds can swirl faster than 260 miles per hour! Using her acclaimed combination of clear text and detailed illustrations, Gibbons explains how tornadoes form, the scale used for classifying them, and what to do in case one should be near you.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Younger readers and listeners alike will be riveted."
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Full of detail yet simply written, this book will draw the attention of young students. The subject matter may be somewhat frightening, but the imaginative illustrations soften that aspect of this weather phenomenon. The author has written many books about nature and the weather and offers a clear explanation of what causes a tornado accompanied by illustrations sure to help readers understand the weather situations that come together to create a funnel cloud, which, when it touches the ground, becomes a tornado. The classification of tornadoes is called the Fujita Tornado Scale, after T. Theodore Fuijita who developed the scale, which is primarily based upon the damage caused. The scale ranges from EF-0 to EF-5. The author makes it easy for the reader to understand the differences between the rated storms. The book explains wind speeds and presents the amount of damage likely caused by the wind, not only in the text, but also in the illustrations. The text also provides kids with suggestions about taking shelter during a tornado. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Gibbons uses her trademark watercolor cartoon images and simple text to introduce readers to scientific information. Descriptions of tornado mechanics and creation are followed by a discussion of the Fujita Tornado Scale. Six spreads demonstrate the various levels of severity (0 to 5) and describe the wind speeds and damages typically caused by storms of each scale. Descriptions of Tornado Alley, meteorologists, warning information, and tips on what to do during a tornado follow. A spread on the Great Tri-State Tornado references human casualties. The last page includes some additional facts, including a mention about the direction that tornadoes spin, and referrals to the NOAA and Environment Canada Web sites. While Gibbons's style is appealing and accessible, the scientific nature of the information might be better served with more realistic images.-S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422746
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/04/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
201,684
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
NC970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to The Washington Post, 'Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator.' She lives in Vermont.

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