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Hurricane Book & CD (Read Along Book & CD) Paperback – May 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Read Along Book & CD
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Pap/Com Re edition (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547064330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547064338
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The Caldecott Honor recipient for the dreamlike picture book Free Fall offers another work to delight children and spark their imaginations. Wiesner's detailed, exquisitely rendered paintings draw the reader into his story of a hurricane's progress with all the sweep and immediacy of a film sequence. As the sky grays and the leaves swirl by in a "green blizzard," David, George and their parents share a cozy supper by the fireplace. The next morning, the boys discover that a big elm which had stood on their lawn now lies stretched across their neighbor's yard. The old tree becomes the vessel that whisks the pair to adventure, as they joyously explore exotic jungles, confront pirates on the seven seas and travel to the stars. Sometimes they just relax, enjoying "their private place, big enough for secret dreams, small enough for shared adventure." One day, though, reality intrudes as workers arrive to remove the tree from their neighbor's yard. Glum all afternoon, the boys brighten when their dad announces that another storm is on the way: maybe a second tree will fall, this time into their yard! This is an exuberant, absorbing slice of life. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

However worrisome for adults and insurers, hurricanes can be the stuff of lifelong memories for children. Wiesner draws on just such memories for this book. It begins in the kitchen, where groceries are being stockpiled, and misses few highlights: the taped glass storm door, supper on the floor in front of the fireplace, a hurricane lamp at bedtime, and excited speculation about what the storm is doing outside the snug house. The brothers here, about seven and ten years old, get a bonus when a big elm blows down. For days it serves as a fantasy prop, becoming a spaceship, a jungle, a caravel--a place "big enough for secret dreams, small enough for shared adventure." This dream ends in a cord of firewood, but another threatened storm brings hope springing eternal. The child-focused, low perspective gives even ordinary scenes an extra measure of drama, and the fantasy spreads are detailed delights. It's fun to find the cat, Hannibal, who registers subtle degrees of disgust, disgruntlement, and hauteur at the disruption of his domain. We wouldn't wish a real hurricane on children, but this book will give them a taste of the magic of the moment when the lights go out. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Three of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated became instant classics when they won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007, making him only the second person in the award's long history to have won three times. He has also received two Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall and Sector 7.

Wiesner grew up in suburban New Jersey, known to his classmates as "the kid who could draw." He went on to become a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was able to commit himself to the full-time study of art and to explore further his passion for visual storytelling. He soon discovered that picture books were the perfect vehicle for his work.

Wiesner generally spends several years creating each new book. Many versions are sketched and revised until the story line flows smoothly and each image works the way he wants it to. He creates three-dimensional models of objects he can't observe in real life, such as flying pigs and lizards standing upright, to add authenticity to his drawings.

David Wiesner lives with his family outside Philadelphia.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book Hurricane by David Wiesner was an excellent book. It teaches children that you don't have to always have the new hi-tech toys to have fun. All you need is your imagination. I would recommend this book to all ages. It was about 2 brothers who are waiting for a large hurricane to arrive in their town. When the storm finally hits both of the boys get really scared. After the hurricane lets up and is over the boys notice that there is a large tree that fell down right next to their house. It wasn't their tree it was the neighbors but they decided to play on it one day because they were extremely bored. They played on the tree so much that it became their little adventure world. They would spend as much time as they could with that tree. They felt safe and protected when they would play. But one morning the boys awoke to the sound of chainsaws and axes hacking away at what sounded like... A TREE!!! Could it have been their tree???
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book about two great boys who lived through a terrible hurricane and almost fell in love with a tree. It had a little sadness and happiness. Great illustrations! One of the best children's books I have ever read! The two boys showed a bunch of love for the tree, unfortunately, it would go in the end. Overall, an excellent book for all ages!!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Myra Glover on January 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Hurricane" was more than I expected. Two boys on an adventure after a big storm, and the adventure took place in the neighbor's yard. The illustrations were exceptional and the reading was simple enough for my 7 year old grandson. The memory of this book will remain with the young and old for many years. My grandsons and I have locked this away in our minds as a pleasureable experience. It indeed is a "gold medal" book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on August 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hurricane opens with a family preparing for an oncoming storm. Batteries, grocery bags, and cat food lie on the kitchen counter, rain streams down the windowpanes, and two wide-eyed brothers worry over their missing cat. Then, peering through the strips of tape laced over the storm door, they quickly bring him in as debris swirls in the high winds. The family settles into their creaking house, and when the lights go out they gather around the fireplace for supper, while the cat curls in the darkness underneath a chair. Then the children go to bed, carrying a hurricane lamp. They talk about weather planes and how many miles birds might be blown in the wind.

In the morning, the boys discover that one of their two elm trees has fallen into the neighbor's yard, and for several days their imagination transforms the tree into a jungle safari, a sailing vessel, and a spaceship. They settle into the fallen tree as a favorite haunt, and are very disappointed when their neighbor has it removed. But their hopes are revived when another storm starts brewing, and they calculate that if the other elm falls it is likely to land in their own yard.

Throughout the story is a deep sense of serenity: the tape on the storm door forms two silly faces, the children lounge comfortably indoors while gazing at the storm outside, and Mom calmly wraps protective arms around the younger brother while Dad tends the fire. The warmth of the indoor scenes contrasts sharply against the swirling darkness outside. Implicit in this physical security is the certainty that this stable family provides safety in the face of very powerful weather. In the conclusion, the brothers' gleeful anticipation that the second tree may fall helps reinterpret the potentially frightening experience of a hurricane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hitchcock on February 1, 2010
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Boys and girls love this book. It stimulates the imagination and our sons love it read over and over again.
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By Pamela P. on March 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I do love this story but the illustrations are super! Thank you for offering Wiesner books at a reasonable price. I can buy lots more!
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By J. DeMente on February 8, 2014
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I wasn't sure this was going to be a good book for my daughters but it has a positive spin while explaining about storm damage and preparing for storms.
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