Hurricanes /

Discusses where and how hurricanes are formed, the destruction caused by legendary storms, and the precautions to take when a hurricane strikes. Full description

Main Author: Simon, Seymour.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York, N.Y. : Collins, 2007
Series: Smithsonian
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Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 3-4. Pairing a simply phrased narrative with arresting, eye-catching color photos, Simon explains what hurricanes are and imparts a vivid sense of their destructive potential. After introducing hurricanes (and their lesser cousins, tropical storms and tropical depressions), he describes how the storms develop and are rated on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale and supplies recent examples before closing with advice for readers who might find themselves in a hurricane's path. The uncaptioned illustrations include satellite photos, ground-level scenes of flooded streets, computer enhanced radar images, and shots of storm victims being rescued. The lack of an index or further resources may hamper assignment-driven children, but like most of Simon's other work, this is unsurpassed for kindling interest in a scientific subject and communicating an understanding of its scope and significance. --John Peters Copyright 2003 Booklist

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Featuring alternating pages of clear text and outstanding graphics, this book meets Simon's usual high standards. The origins of the word hurricane; definitions of cyclones and typhoons; the Saffir-Simpson scale and descriptions of category one through five storms; the formation and structure of this weather phenomenon; and related events, such as storm surges, are all covered. Extraordinary historical occurrences, such as Galveston's 1900 storm and Hurricane Andrew of 1992, are described. There is also a section on forecasting, practical information on watches and warnings, and details about what to do before and after a hurricane. The full-color photos, including a satellite image of a storm and scenes of devastation, are not only spectacular, but also informative. The writing is precise and accurate and the format is appealing. A natural selection for any library.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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