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Hurricane Hunters!: Riders on the Storm [Hardcover]

Chris L. Demarest
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January 1, 2006 4 - 10 yearsPreschool - 5
It's a sunny, beautiful day on America's southeastern coast. But out in the Atlantic Ocean, chaos is brewing. Waves are crashing. Winds are blowing. And the National Hurricane Center is calling the Hurricane Hunters!

A special weather reconnaissance squadron of the Air Force, these brave men and women fly their WC-130 Hercules aircraft into the heart of a two-hundred-mile-wide hurricane and collect information: in which direction the hurricane is heading, how fast it's moving, and how big it's growing. Before the end of their twelve-hour flight, the Hurricane Hunters will have gathered enough information to save many lives.

Acclaimed author and artist Chris L. Demarest takes you inside the storm with these real-life adventurers who risk their lives to keep our shorelines safe.

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (the Hurricane Hunters) flies out of Biloxi, MS, into the hearts of violent storms, compiling essential weather data that ultimately saves human lives. Demarest presents their exploits in an oversized, brightly illustrated format, twin to his Hotshots! (S & S, 2003). A brief, dynamic text follows a typical flight into a burgeoning tempest, beginning with a view of a tranquil beach and ending with a completed mission. The contrast between sunlit and storm-ravaged seas is clear, as are the heavy preparations on shore and the destructive force of the squall as it crosses land. The simple language is reinforced by the vigorous pastels, which open a window into the WC-130 Hercules and the activities of the crew. An extended author's note provides extra data. Team this crisp, exciting book with Franklyn Branley's Hurricane Watch (HarperCollins, 1985) and/or Rick Thomas's Eye of the Storm (Picture Window, 2005) for more meteorology, or pair it with Keith Elliot Greenberg's more demanding Storm Chaser (Blackbirch, 1997) for a personal look at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pilot and his experiences.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Gr. 2-4. Demarest's latest picture book explains the work of the large converted cargo planes that fly into hurricanes to collect weather data. Most of the double-page spreads, rendered in bright pastels, show a plane as it goes through the stages of its mission. A few pages depict the preparations on land as people get ready for the hurricane's approach. The pastels are particularly effective at capturing the look and feel of the powerful winds and swirling water caused by a hurricane at its height. The text is fairly slight, with only a couple of sentences on most pages, but the last two pages offer a fuller, more informative, explanation of the hurricane hunter's mission. Young aviation fans will appreciate the clear diagram of the layout of a WC-130 Hercules at the front of the book. Obviously topical, this book provides an effective introduction to the most dangerous part of the hurricane warning system. Todd Morning
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Big edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689861680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689861680
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ride along on a data-collecting flight into a hurricane aboard a WC-130 Hercules aircraft. Dramatic and vibrant full-page pastel illustrations capture the intensity of this dangerous mission. As technologically advanced as our weather satellites are, much information about wind speed, humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure inside the eye of the storm can be gathered only by the physical presence of the brave men and women who venture there. Their efforts allow meteorologists to better predict all implications of a developing hurricane. The text is brief and spare. An excellent author's note at the end provides historical background of these "hurricane hunters".
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Hurricane Hunters! Riders On The Storm by Chris Demarest tells of the men and women who fly their aircraft into the heart of a hurricane to collect information for science. Very highly recommended for school libraries, Hurricane Hunters! Riders On The Storm differs from your usual weather books explaining hurricane developments by offering a unique focus on how hurricanes are tracked and studied by today's technologies.
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More About the Author

Born in the 1950s, Chris Demarest was influenced by both his parents' artist abilities. His mother once worked for the Walt Disney animation studios and his father was a life-long doodler. In the upstairs attic of his parents' house, Demarest's father escaped to draw pictures of airplanes. That passion led his father to join the US Army Air Force in WWII, flying the dangerous missions from India into China, referred to as 'the Hump".

Demarest spent most of his years in publishing doing a cartoon, light-hearted style, but tapped into his youth and began working on a series of adventure books. Firefighters A to Z became a NY Time Best Book 2000. Documenting more firefighting careers, USCG work and the Hurricane Hunters, Demarest does all his research first hand. In 2004, he flew with the Hurricane Hunters out of Biloxi Mississippi into Hurricane Ivan, a Cat 4 storm.

His latest book, ARLINGTON: A History of Arlington National Cemetery will be published by Roaring Brook Press, Fall 2010.

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