Monday, May 16, 2011

Teaching young readers about devastation

Thunderstorms, severe winds and tornadoes recently slammed the South, killing dozens of people in four states. It's very difficult to witness such devastation and a resourceful way to teach young readers about this weather system is with National Geographic Kids' TORNADO! The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms.
Tornado! is another one of those amazing National Geographic books. I know I say it all the time in my reviews, but what makes National Geographic books amazing are the pictures. You'll be amazed at the photos in this one as it chronicles the destruction that these tornadoes can cause and even witness them in action. But readers will also enjoy the first-person accounts, news reports, and facts behind these twisters. Young readers will enjoy learning that twisters are born in thunderstorms and are often accompanied by hail, most tornadoes in the Northern Hemisphere rotate counter-clockwise and almost all tornadoes in the Southern Hemisphere rotate clockwise.

This is an amazing resource and a must have for any young reader interested in these twisting, turning, spinning and spiraling storms.

Additional Information:
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: National Geographic Society (April 12, 2011)
ISBN13: 9781426307799
ISBN: 1426307799
Source of review copy: Publicist

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  1. Lori, I had not heard about this book...and while I am sorry we need it given the devastation I have seen from tornados in my home state of Arkansas, I am delighted to see National Geographic has published a book on this topic; I always feel good about approaching their books and with your review, I know I will appreciate this one for recommending / giving to students I know in the age range recommended. Thank you!

  2. Carol,

    I'm so sorry to hear the devastation hit so close to home.

    I couldn't even imagine having to explain these tornadoes to children, which is why I thought this book was just amazing. My five year old grabbed it as soon as he saw it and he was fascinated. I thought they approached the topic wonderfully and helpfully it will help explain how all of this happens to young readers.