Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms
Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms

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Annotation: Presents information on the monster tornado that struck Greensburg, Kansas back in 2007, using bulletins from the weather service and comments by those who lived through it.
Catalog Number: #48962
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 63 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-426-30779-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-49045-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-426-30779-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-49045-1
Dewey: 551.55
LCCN: 2010042813
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
With tornadoes so much in the news, this book offers valuable information. Two of the four chapters describe deadly twisters in the U.S., while the others discuss the science and predictability of tornadoes. Throughout, there are first-person accounts, including those from meteorologists and the vivid memories of survivors who experienced the violent storms. Besides the stunning photos of funnel clouds and devastated communities, the book's visual content includes a diagram of winds within a forming tornado, large maps of tornadoes in the U.S. and worldwide, and scenes showing weather scientists and their equipment. A glossary, a list of 21 people interviewed, a source bibliography, and lists of recommended books and Internet sites are appended. Excellent color photos make this book a magnet for browsers, while the informative text and diagrams bring meaning to the images and provide content that students will find helpful for reports.
Horn Book
A combination of eyewitness stories and excellent, at times chilling, color photographs of tornadoes and the damage they can cause provide a captivating account of recent and historical tornado activity in the United States. The emphasis here is on witnessing the forces of nature and the technology of storm chasing, rather than explaining the underlying science. The accompanying diagrams could be better labeled. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;6&12; A welcome and popular addition on a topic that always needs updating. Like many other general surveys, this narrative contains eye-witness accounts, old newspaper headlines, and lists of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history. Without the gimmicks of the foldout pages of Mary Kay Carson's Inside Tornadoes (Sterling, 2010), the intensity and power of these brief but deadly storms are shown in large color photographs, drawings, and diagrams. While there are similarities in design&12;text and text boxes at a modest slant as in Cynthia Pratt Nicolson's Tornado! (Kids Can, 2003)&12;the authors' use of National Geographic's scrapbooklike graphics with text boxes looking like torn and windblown pieces of paper is engaging. The updating of the tornado rating system known as the Enhanced Fujita (EF) makes earlier works slightly outdated, although this season's tornadoes make even this work almost outdated. A two-page global map of tornado locations and intensities is included.&12; Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 6,171
Reading Level: 7.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 148288 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.6 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q55819
Lexile: 1120L
Guided Reading Level: Q

Through riveting narrative and eyewitness stories, young readers learn what it's really like to be caught in a monster tornado. Captivating first-person accounts and news reports detail survivors' experiences of the most destructive tornadoes ever to occur in the United States. And thrill-seekers' reports add to the drama and suspense. Historical perspectives on the human experience of tornadoes and scientific perspectives on why twisters happen and how to keep people safe add to the intrigue of this fascinating topic. Ample back matter will help students find sources to write well-informed and compelling reports.

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