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Two children experience a tornado.

Although she sees them safely to the cellar, Mama has to leave Lucille and Natt and go help Mr. Lyle, an elderly neighbor. She tells the children not to open the door until she comes back. But Mama doesn't come back, and Lucille must comfort Natt throughout the terrifying experience of a tornado.

Two children experience a tornado.

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Overview

Two children experience a tornado.

Although she sees them safely to the cellar, Mama has to leave Lucille and Natt and go help Mr. Lyle, an elderly neighbor. She tells the children not to open the door until she comes back. But Mama doesn't come back, and Lucille must comfort Natt throughout the terrifying experience of a tornado.

Two children experience a tornado.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In this vividly written story, Natt and Lucille learn that life can change with terrifying rapidity when, on a lovely summer day as they are playing outdoors, an onrushing tornado drives them into the storm cellar . . . [They] emerge into the sunlight to find the ground covered with ice diamonds and everyone safe.” – Starred, School Library Journal

“Beard’s lyrical descriptions of Natt and Lucille’s experiences lend a you-are-there immediacy to the tale, while Carpenter’s generously colored artwork vibrates with the intensity of nature unleashed . . . A rousing tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"A rural family and its neighbor face potential disaster as a tornado heads for their homes in this suspenseful though ultimately reassuring picture book," said PW. "The portraits of the children have an emotional pull, showing their move from playful to fearful to thankful as the ordeal begins and ends." Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this vividly written story, Natt and Lucille learn that life can change with terrifying rapidity when, on a lovely summer day as they are playing outdoors, an onrushing tornado drives them into the storm cellar. After seeing them to safety, their mother goes to help an elderly neighbor seek shelter. Lucille tries to cheer Natt up with little games, but both children are frightened, especially when the storm screeches and tears at the cellar door. Suddenly all is quiet. The siblings emerge and find the sun shining once again and their mother and neighbor crawling out from underneath his porch. Despite the wreckage of an overturned truck, toppled trees, and sagging roofs, the children find joy in collecting sparkling hailstones and returning to their porch swing. Sweeping, expressive double-page spreads show them enjoying their play, then racing first to their mobile home as the sky is split by lightning and turns charcoal blue, and then, wind whipped, running to the cellar in the backyard where they sit, tense and terrified, in the dark until they can emerge into the sunlight to find the ground covered with ice diamonds and everyone safe.-
Kirkus Reviews
A riveting adventure about an encounter with one of nature's most formidable manifestations. Beard (The Flimflam Man, 1998, etc.) presents a suspenseful account of Lucille and her brother Natt's experience during an afternoon tornado; readers will keep turning the pages until the climactic conclusion. Natt and Lucille are left alone in shelter of the cellar during the storm as their mother goes to assist an elderly neighbor. With quiet courage the two face the storm, relying upon each other for moral and physical support. Beard's lyrical descriptions of Natt and Lucille's experiences lend a you-are-there immediacy to the tale, while Carpenter's generously colored artwork vibrates with the intensity of nature unleashed. Turquoise skies quickly turn to dark indigo as the storm approaches. Deep, foreboding grays predominate as Natt and Lucille wait out the storm; with the return of lighter skies and colors, the children emerge from their shelter. A rousing tale. (Picture book. 4-8) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374480141
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 2/5/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 636,287
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.61 (w) x 10.43 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Darleen Bailey Beard, author of The Flimflam Man, lives in Tuttle, Oklahoma.

Nancy Carpenter, the illustrator of several books, including Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye, lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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