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Hurricanes seem to run nilly willy offshore and it is very difficult for even the most seasoned weatherman to predict just where they will end up, but there are many things we do know about them. Hurricanes always start over warm tropical waters when "warm water evaporated and rises into the atmosphere." Once this process starts and the air begins to spiral upward the process is intensified if the temperature of the water is 81 F. Cumulonimbus clouds are formed and become even larger as they absorb large amounts of moisture. The winds begin to pick up and the more they circulate and spin the more intense the situation becomes. When the "speed of the wind reaches 74 mph (119.1 kph), the storm is classified as a hurricane." Time to take action!

The area a hurricane covers can be quite expansive from 100 to 300 miles wide. Most of the hurricane activity that we see begins "over the Atlantic Ocean north of the equator." It is then they start their willy nilly journeys which usually last for about a week. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a predictor that indicates just how strong a storm can be. They range from Category 1 to the extremely destructive Category 5 that New Orleans experienced with Hurricane Katrina. In this book you learn about the particulars of each category, you'll get a glimpse at some devastating historical hurricanes, you'll see how hurricanes are forecasted and tracked, you'll learn about storm watches, hurricane warnings, how to prepare for a storm, and you'll learn some interesting facts.

This swirling, fascinating book is an interesting way to learn about hurricanes. I loved the setup of this book and if you have also read "Tornadoes" by Gail Gibbons you will have a good idea of how nicely she relays important information about nature's wondrous wrath. The first few pages discuss and illustrate how storms are formed. When the storm categories are discussed, you can read about and visual compare the differences. For example, in the aftermath of a Category one you can see the storm in action and when it is done you can see people out picking up the mess and surveying the damage like shingle loss, broken windows and scattered tree limbs. This is not only a fun book to read, but a very informative one!
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on December 5, 2012
We bought this for our Granddaughter who is 6 going on 7 because she was involved in a hurricane and had a lot of questions. Her mother didn't quite know where to start. You don't want to scare a kid by giving them too much but you want to give them enough information and technical information for them to understand what happened to their area, This book is excellent in giving just the right information. I would recommend it up to the age of about 10 and then you will need more technical information.
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on April 17, 2013
This book tells the story about hurricanes in a childs frame of mind. Nothing too scary or frighting. Very simple but true facts on what they are and how they work. Read it to 5 classes of 2nd graders and it sparked class discussion. Wonderful well written book!
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on December 30, 2012
This is my son's (age 6) second Gail Gibbons weather-themed book. He loves how she describes each category - making it easy to compare the wind speed, storm surge and damage across the categories. The illustrations are excellent and the story is informative. And we both get a kick out of the fact that the author of a hurricane book is Gail. Highly recommend for any child that is fascinated by weather.
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on October 9, 2015
I have a 4 & 3 year old who request to read this each night and has the text memorized. On top of learning about weather and science they have really picked up a lot of geography from this and the Tornados! book by this author and are able to point out states, bodies of water & countries. I cannot reccomended this book enough for kids of all ages!
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on February 11, 2013
My 7 year old was learning about hurricanes. He had soo many questions. As usual Gail Gibbons explains complex concepts in child friendly terms. This would be a great non-fiction text to add to a text dependent set for learning about hurricanes or severe weather.
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on July 13, 2015
This is a great book that kids of varying ages really enjoy. I read this book to a group of fourth graders and they really enjoyed learning about the categories of hurricanes, as well as the preparations and different hurricanes throughout history. I also read this book to second graders and they enjoyed learning about the hurricanes and seeing all of the details in the illustrations. This is a great informative book that children from all ages can enjoy.
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on December 28, 2012
Wonderfully informative and illustrated, this book does not disappoint fans of Gail Gibbons' work. The only negative this reviewer can think of: Gibbons' typical easy-to-read font style is replaced with a more modern font style.
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on November 13, 2012
I bought this book for my grandson who is very interested in the weather. It is wrote in language that a 6 year old can understand and begin reading on their own. Very informative for the early learner.
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on April 14, 2015
great science book for young readers. Very informative and entertaining.
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