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June 23, 2008

Violent Skies Hurricanes

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Violent Skies Hurricanes

Author: Chris Oxlade

Page Length: 48

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: The book opens with a vivid description of hurricane and a quote that states “the city looks like a giant garbage dump.” Brilliant photos show a hurricane from a satellite view and one in progress. The reader learns about ocean storms and currents, when hurricane season is, how hurricanes are named, and even reads first-hand about the devastation of Hurricane Andrew. Cyclones and the science of hurricanes are detailed. Readers learn how hurricanes are measured and even predicted. Oxlade educates the reader on how to prepare for a hurricane. More hurricane facts and fascinating photos conclude the book.

REVIEW: These Turbulent Planet books are awesome non-fiction tools for getting kids excited about reading something. The graphics are compelling and the statistics and information presentations gripping. This book is high interest. Several lessons could be planned over the material it covers. Students can map the sequence of events in which a hurricane occurs. They can complete concept definition maps on different vocabulary terms within the book; science vocabulary is defined on the bottom of each page. The graphics are excellent and should engage 99% of our students. These books are an excellent source!

AREAS FOR TEACHING: cause and effect, part to whole relationships, connecting text to self, concept definition, vocabulary development, sequence

RELATED BOOKS: Hurricanes, Isaac’s Storm, Extreme Weather, The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

RELATED MOVIES:  National Geographic: Inside Hurricane Katrina, Nova: Storm that Drowned a City, Nova Field Trips: Weather Gone Wild Hurricanes


REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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