Yesterday We Had a Hurricane/Ayer Tuvimos un Huracan

Yesterday We Had a Hurricane/Ayer Tuvimos un Huracan

by Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier




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Yesterday We Had A Hurricane tells the experience of a hurricane as seen through the eyes of a young child. Young readers will learn all about these "big storms that come from the ocean." They'll find out about the effects of wind and rain, as well as some of the more lighthearted and practical alternatives to doing without electricity.

Ayer, tuvimos un huracán narra la experiencia de un huracán desde los ojos de un niño pequeño. Los jóvenes lectores van a aprender todo acerca de "las enormes tormentas que vienen del océano". Ellos descubrirán los efectos del viento y la lluvia, como también algunas alternativas prácticas y divertidas para hacer cuando no se tiene electricidad.
La autora/ilustradora Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier le da a su cuento un toque especial y demuestra que comprende a sus lectores. Sus ilustraciones con coloridos collages no presentan a los huracanes como una amenaza y los trae a la “altura de los niños”, haciendo de este libro un recurso maravilloso para padres y maestros. Cada página del cuento ofrece una oportunidad para hablar sobre la tormenta y sobre los sentimientos asociados con ésta.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780975434291
Publisher: Bumble Bee Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

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Yesterday We Had A Hurricane: Ayer Tuvimos Un Huracán

By Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier

Bumble Bee Productions, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-9754342-9-1

Chapter One

Yesterday, we had a hurricane!

* * *

Ayer tuvimos un huracán!

A hurricane is a big storm that comes from the ocean.

* * *

Un huracán es una enorme tormenta que viene del océano.

It was very, very windy. Tree branches fell down.

* * *

Hacia mucho, mucho viento. Las ramas de los árboles se cayeron.

The wind was very loud. It made a "swoosh" sound.

* * *

El viento era muy fuerte. Hacia un sonido "zumbante".

My dog howled at the wind. She ran around the house. I petted her so she would feel safe.

* * *

Mi perrita le aullaba al viento. Ella corria por toda la casa. Yo la acaricié para que se sintiera segura.

A tree fell on my grandmother's house. She came to our house to be safe.

* * *

Un arbol cayó sobre la casa de mi abuelita. Ella vino a nuestracasa para estar a salvo.

It rained very hard. It made a "tap-tap" sound on our windows.

* * *

La lluvia era muy fuerte. Hacia un sonido "tap tap" en nuestras ventanas.

Our yard got so much rain that we couldn't see the grass! There was water everywhere!

* * *

¡Nuestro jardin tenia tanta lluvia que no podiamos ver el pasto! Habia agua en todas partes.

The wind blew so hard, power lines came down. We lost electricity.

* * *

El viento soplaba tan fuerte que se cayeron los postes de la luz. Hubo un apagón.

That was scary! But Mommy said it was okay because we were safe. We stayed close together.

* * *

¡Qué susto! Pero Mami me dijo que no me preocupara porque estábamos seguros. Nos quedamos muy juntitos.

Candles and flashlights helped us see in the dark. They made funny shadows.

* * *

Las velas y las linternas nos ayudaron a ver en la oscuridad. Con ellas hicimos sombras muy divertidas.

Without power, the stove wouldn't work. Daddy made us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They were good!

* * *

Sin electricidad, la estufa no funcionaba. Pero Papá nos hizo sándwiches de mantequilla de mani y mermelada. ¡Eran muy ricos!

Without power, I couldn't watch TV. I played a board game instead.

* * *

Sin electricidad, no podia ver TV. En lugar de eso, me entretuve con un juego de mesa.

At bedtime, I played with a flashlight under my blanket. That was fun!

* * *

A la hora de dormir, jugué con la linterna bajo mi manta. ¡Fue muy divertido!

Last night I dreamed that the hurricane went away and left us a present.

* * *

Anoche soné que el huracán se habia ido y que nos habia dejado un regalo.

And it did! It left us a big mess!

* * *

¡Y lo hizo! ¡Nos dejó un enorme desorden!


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What People are Saying About This

Dawn Matheson

"***** Hurricane Book In A Category Of It’s Own!
There’s no doubt about it: hurricanes are big. They’re bad. And they really pack a wallop. But now there’s a way for parents and educators to reduce them to child-size. It's Yesterday We Had A Hurricane, a delightful pictorial exploration that looks at these storms from a child’s perspective, answering questions about hurricanes and explaining them in terms that young children can readily understand. Educators will also love the companion learning and activity booklet entitled The Smart Kid’s Guide To Hurricanes which includes interesting facts about these monstrous storms, tips on how kids can prepare and fun games and coloring pages."
award-winning author of Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee

Deb Capone

“With the images of several devastating storms and other natural disasters of recent history still fresh in our minds, Yesterday We Had A Hurricane is a terrific tool for parents and educators to help children come to grips with these frightening events. The simple text and beautiful collage illustrations focus on a common childhood fear — feeling safe when the world seems out of control.”
author of the award-winning children’s classics Families Are Forever, Dumplings Are Delicious and Tooth Fairy Tales

Jay and Liz Scott

"Yesterday We Had A Hurricane is a fantastic story with wonderfully creative and unique illustrations. It takes a scary topic and explains it in a child-friendly way."
award-winning authors of Alex And The Amazing Lemonade Stand

Trey Bornmann

“Using straightforward language and uncomplicated artwork, this book achieves its goal of helping young children cope with the disaster of a hurricane.”
editor for Illumination Arts Publishing, home of numerous award-winning books including Am I A Color Too? and We Share One World

Janet Mary Sinke

"A Must Have Book For Every School, Library And Home!

“In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, at last there's a book that explains to our children the power and devastating effects of such a storm. Written and illustrated in simple but effective language, this is a must-have book for every school, library and home."
award-winning author of the Grandma Janet Mary series

John L. Hoh Jr.

“Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier has written a book that seeks to calm a child’s fears about hurricanes. Yesterday We Had A Hurricane uses illustrations of a “mixed media collage” and simple text to present a hurricane from the perspective of a child. In the bilingual edition, the English text on each page is followed with the Spanish translation. This is an excellent idea as hurricane areas also tend to have Latino residents. SO if a parent’s primary language is Spanish, that parent can read this book to his/her child(ren). It can also be used to teach a child another language (either from English to Spanish or vice-versa). “
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