Louis Daniel hates it when Mama treats him like a baby. But when Hurricane Katrina blows through the Gulf Coast on a fateful August night, Louis feels like a little kid again.
With no time to gather their belongingsexcept Louis's beloved hornDaddy leads the family from their home and into an unfamiliar, watery world of floating debris, lurking critters, and desperate neighbors heading for dry ground.
Taking shelter in the already-crowded Superdome, Louis and his parents wait…and wait. Conditions continue to worsen and their water supply is running out. When Daddy fails to return from a scouting mission within the Dome, Louis knows he's no longer a baby. It's up to him to find his fatherwith the help of his prized cornet.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||10.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad but moved to the United States at the age of seven. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, he has illustrated numerous books for children, including Dad, Jackie, and Me. Almost to Freedom was a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Bootman lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Louis Daniel is a 10-year-old boy growing up in New Orleans who dreams of one day being able to play his beloved cornet just like the great Louis Armstrong. When Hurricane Katrina hits, Louis and his family have to hurry to escape surging floodwaters leaving behind everything, but Louis manages to grab his horn as they¿re going out the door. Little does he know how handy it will come in for his family as they head for shelter at the Superdome. A Storm Called Katrina is a gentle introduction for younger readers to the catastrophic hurricane. Uhlberg gives the briefest of glimpses at the hardest topics ¿ coming upon a ¿pile of clothes¿ that once was a person, spotting an abandoned pet floating on the flood waters, and the degenerating conditions at the Superdome. Colin Bootman¿s illustrations do a fine job of depicting the family¿s treacherous escape from the flood waters and the chaos and suffering that soon ensued within the Superdome shelter. If I have one objection, it is that the ending seems too pat, even for a very young audience. It gives the impression that, even after escaping their flooded street on a floating piece of porch, it was a simple thing to just head home after the storm. Maybe I¿m reading too much into it, but it seems misleading to reduce the aftermath of Katrina into a brief, happy ¿We¿re going home.¿ Other than this, A Storm Called Katrina is a beautifully illustrated glimpse into a terrible event with a courageous and clever hero to boot.
We all know the story of Katrina. Despite your geographic location, back in August 2005 all eyes were turned towards this massive storm system as it churned its way through the Gulf. You never know with hurricanes ...they can be going one direction and then be hit by another front or steering winds and boom, instead of missing you completely, you are the new bull's eye. This storm started out no different and then grew into a monster. That monster hit New Orleans full steam ahead and brought with it rains and winds like no other...but the worst was yet to come. As the rain piled up, the levees gave way and well, the destruction still haunts us today. This story is a fictional account of Louis Daniel and his family as they struggled to make it through these very real events. The voice of the main character is young (he's 10 years old) but true. Despite having lived so close to the events myself and meeting some of the people displaced by the storm years later, it was through Louis's eyes that mine found tears. The destruction was so complete affecting land, man, and animal. The choices to be made hard in the best of times let alone when everything is being ripped out from under you. The conditions in which they had to live in the following days, so harsh and bleak. Yet despite it all, his family (as did many in real life) pulled together staying strong for each other, ensuring that they knew things would turn out okay. It's just amazing to see the strength of the people from this below-sea-level city in the face of such odds. So many people were affected by this natural disaster and still are to this day. The author did a wonderful job of sharing life from within the storm in a voice that could share the fear of what was happening, the uncertainty of things to come, and the hope that was kept alive by a community that refused to surrender. Take this powerful story and combine it with the artistic renderings throughout book and you have a work perfect for readers of all ages to understand these events more clearly.
Little Louis Daniel and his family are watching the storm outside their New Orleans home in August of 2005. When that storm changes in the hurricane that decimated cities and towns across the US South, Louis and his mother and father are forced to seek shelter elsewhere, before the water from the broken levees swells up and swallows them. They make it to the Superdome where they¿re faced with poor sanitation conditions, no electricity or air-conditioning, and a dwindling food supply. Louis¿ father leaves to go find his family something to eat. But when the crowd mentality starts to take over and men start to threaten Louis for his bottle of water, his mother moves them from their spot in the stands. How will Louis¿ father ever find them again among the thousands of people? A vital retelling of New Orleans and its infamous hurricane is vividly wrought by Myron Uhlberg in his picture book, ¿A Storm Called Katrina.¿ His words are piercing and gripping, placing readers onto the family¿s make-shift float, through the flooded streets of central New Orleans or in the stinking, devastated Superdome. Colin Bootman¿s dramatic oil paint illustrations capture the story in an impressionistic blurred style that gives the story a bad-dream-like air. Heartbreak is not spared as Uhlberg navigates carefully and poetically around complicated topics for young readers like anger, fear, despair, and death. Recommended for ages 8-10.
A Storm Called Katrina is an introductory children's book to what happened on that fateful day in New Orleans. In the book, Louis and his parents push through the rising flood waters to reach the Supderdome. When Louis's father can't be found, Louis takes his cornet to the center of the Superdome and begins to play. While the book goes through the basics of what happened in New Orleans, the book is a little too sugar-coated. While the book is a good stepping off point to discussing hurricanes and Hurricane Katrina, the book in no way portrays the true devastation that occurred in New Orleans and to the thousands of people that were affected by the storm. The book is appropriate for the very young, but not informational enough for older elementary grades. I do like the live pictures and additional reseources listed in the back of the book. This review was written based on the online edition sent via netgalley.com.
ALTHOUGH THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD IT SAYS EVERYTHING THE PEOPLE HAD TO ENDURE WHEN KATRINA HIT THEIR HOMES AND LIVES. HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE RELUCTANT TO LEAVE THEIR HOUSES BUT FOR THE RISING WATER IT BECAME NECESSARY