Tornadoes

Tornadoes

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by Seymour Simon
     
 

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With winds that can reach speeds of three hundred miles an hour and funnel clouds that can measure a mile in diameter, tornadoes leave enormous damage in their wake.

Now award-winning author Seymour Simon examines these twisting columns of air and destruction. With the clear, concise style he is noted for, Simon explains how tornadoes are formed, why and when

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Overview

With winds that can reach speeds of three hundred miles an hour and funnel clouds that can measure a mile in diameter, tornadoes leave enormous damage in their wake.

Now award-winning author Seymour Simon examines these twisting columns of air and destruction. With the clear, concise style he is noted for, Simon explains how tornadoes are formed, why and when they are most likely to occur, how scientists classify and track them — and what to do if one touches down. Spectacular full-color photographs show this powerful phenomenon in action.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2000—selected by Natn'l Science Tchrs Assoc. & Child. Bk Cncl.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Simon has it down pat, a concise text to explain a subject and plenty of photographs and diagrams to dramatically illustrate what he is explaining. The subject of this book is tornadoes--also known as twisters, cyclones and a host of other names--a weather phenomenon that truly demonstrates the power of natural forces. His book tells how tornadoes form, where and when they are most likely to occur and what precaution individuals should take. He also debunks many of the common myths, such as opening a window in a house to help prevent it from being destroyed. Looking at the pictures of the destruction caused by several giant tornadoes, it is good to know that you are about as likely to be caught in a tornado as to be hit by lightning or attacked by a shark--not too likely. Interesting and informative, a selection that will be useful for libraries and curious individuals.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8An entry in a handsome series that includes Storms (1989), Weather (1993), and Lightning (1997, all Morrow), Tornadoes focuses on one of natures most violent and spectacular phenomena. Large, riveting, full-color photos show a threatening sky, meteorologists at work, a variety of tornadoes (from an eerily ethereal waterspout to an appalling monster), and the resultant chaotic shredding of human possessions in the storms paths. Simons clear, well-organized text discusses the weather conditions necessary to spawn these violent storms; how they form; where they are most likely to occur; and how scientists predict, rate, and track them. He also describes some of the major tornadoes recorded in the U.S. and includes weather maps and a diagram. Even if you own Franklyn Branleys simpler Tornado Alert (Crowell, 1988) or Stephen Kramers more detailed Tornado (Carolrhoda, 1992), make room on your shelves for Simons standout view of a cataclysmic manifestation.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064437912
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
162,323
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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