Title: Hurricanes!74689.SCH-HURRICANES
Author: Lorraine Jean Hopping
Illustrator: Jody Wheeler
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★★

I’ve lived in the south all my life – first in Louisiana, then in Texas. Hurricanes are a once-every-few-years activity. One spins in, we lose our electricity, eat all the meat in our refrigerator for a few days, and call it good. Of course, sometimes other things happen. Like trees falling and roofs caving in and such. Nasty stuff.

Hurricanes are still my pet disaster. And Hurricanes! did a surprisingly good job and presenting the full picture of what hurricanes are, considering the book was only forty-seven pages long and formatted in large print.

The formation of the storm is discussed as well as its structure and the methods scientists use to track the storm. Several famous hurricanes are discussed, notably hurricanes Camille and Andrew. Funny story – my parents had been married for two years when Hurricane Andrew hit Louisiana. Instead of evacuating, several of my aunts and uncles went to my parent’s house, and they all sat out the storm together. My Mom says that at several points she could actually see the ceiling shaking!

Conclusion. A fun read aloud to acquaint young readers with hurricanes.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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