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Inside Tornadoes (Inside Series) Paperback – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: Inside Series
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402777817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402777813
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–The illustrations in these cool series titles are enhanced by 10 large gatefolds that allow kids to dig deeper into the topics and enjoy amazing illustrations. Each title clearly defines fact and theory, leaving puzzles for the next generation of scientists to solve. Dinosaurs is sure to fascinate future paleontologists as well as children who just like dinosaurs with plenty of riveting details and awesome art by the anatomical illustrator of the American Museum of Natural History. Human Body touches on each of the body systems and provides a highly detailed look at a human cell. This would not be the book to pick up to learn more about reproduction. While the reproductive organs are clearly identified and an illustration of a baby growing in the womb is included, there is no discussion of how the sperm and egg meet. The simplistic illustrations and lack of punch make this title less successful than the others. Hurricanes has eye-catching photographs, clear information, and heart-stopping first-person narratives. Tornadoes provides an exceptional description of the conditions required to form a tornado and includes a foldout of a spectacular photo gallery. With the one exception noted above, these books are entertaining enough to draw in reluctant readers and packed with enough information to attract kids who are familiar with the topics.–Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Mary Kay Carson is a non-fiction children's book author who has written more than 20 books for children about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and other science and social studies topics. She received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Children's Literature Award in 2009.

More About the Author

Mary Kay Carson is a nonfiction children's book author. She's written more than twenty books for kids about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and other science and social studies topics. She was presented with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2009 Children's Literature Award for her book, Exploring the Solar System. For information about author visits, go to: www.marykaycarson.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carey Hagan on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a librarian, I'm always on the lookout for good quality children's nonfiction that isn't dumbed down or overly text dense. This books strikes just the right balance between good quality information [well-written; not too much, nor too little], photos, activities, charts, and even helpful hints for sheltering during a tornado. Basically, it can keep a young reader's attention all the way through. It has some cool fold out pages which work nicely. I especially liked the fold out chart of tornado intensity: pretty cool. I also liked the tornado activity project that you can make with two 2-liter bottles. I would recommend this for readers in 3rd grade through middle school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marion Ray on March 2, 2013
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At first glance this does not look like a book for a 5 year old, but it is a great book for my son that has grown with him for the past 2 years. Some parts of this book were too complex for him at first. Others parts were exactly what he wanted to understand that was not in the tornado books for his age group. For example he loved the Twister Gallery with photos and names of tornadoes based on their shape. He enjoyed the two-liter twister activity making a vortex of spinning water, and the chart of enhanced Fujita scale of tornado intensity. Because this book has many fold-out pages that open sideways or up it was a book I handled when reading it to my son when he was younger. He is 7 years old now and cannot read all of this book on his own but likes to have one of the small sections read to him. The book is set up in many smaller parts on different topics.

This is not the right book for every 5 year old. If you have a future storm chaser who has been through all the weather books and still wants more, it will grow with them for a few years.
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By S. Jones on October 19, 2013
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My child LOVED this informative book and used it for a report at school. I was afraid it would be too easy of a read, but it was perfect. Great information, pictures, maps and true stories. The easy tornado experiment was a hit!
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