Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll

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Annotation: An introduction to thunderstorms that will make them interesting rather than scary.
Catalog Number: #104629
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 1985
Edition Date: 1999
Illustrator: Kelley, True,
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-445179-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-30105-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-445179-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-30105-4
Dewey: 551.5
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Slightly larger than the previous editions of Branley's book on storms, this re-illustrated version uses its broad double-page spreads to better advantage, often combining elements from several small pictures into one large composition. Textual changes are minor, but the new last page, entitled Find Out More about Thunderstorms, includes directions for making a rain gauge, forming a cloud of water vapor, and finding weather-related Web sites on the Internet. Kelley's ink-and-watercolor illustrations add to the appeal of this welcome new edition of a Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science classic. (Reviewed July 1999)
Horn Book
Branley's clear and informative explanations cover how thunderclouds form, why they produce lightning, and how sound travels. Though thunder and lightning storms may seem scary, the book--with safety tips included--will help dispel fears. Newly illustrated, this edition of the book features colorful cartoonlike pictures.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4This useful book, first published with humdrum illustrations by Ed Emberley (Crowell, 1964; o.p.), underwent a major metamorphosis in 1985, with a rearranged and revised text accompanied by colorful, inviting illustrations by Barbara and Ed Emberley. Now, in a general revamping of the entire series, this simple treatise on thunder and lightning has been transformed. The text contains minor revisions, and Kelleys watercolor illustrations are bright and appealing. Diagrams are clearer and labeling promotes easier interpretation. Also included, for active home investigators (or enthusiastic classroom teachers), is a page containing two simple weather experiments and a list of three Internet weather sites. Nicely done.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 929
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 13813 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q04000
Lexile: 500L

Did you know that lightning bolts can be over a mile long? Or that they may come from clouds that are ten miles high? Storms can be scary, but not if you know what causes them. Before the next thunderstorm, grab this book by veteran science team Franklyn Branley and True Kelley and learn what causes the flash, crash, rumble, and roll of thunderstorms!

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