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PreS-Gr 5-Thunderstorm raises talking about the weather to an art form. Each generously sized spread is an exquisite etching that crackles with the power of a Midwestern storm. The text merely notes the time while the illustrations bestow the breathtaking experience of being everywhere at once as the landscape is dramatically transformed. Readers follow as the farmer's family pulls in bales of hay, with the cows looking up as lightning snaps a power line. Owls scatter as a twister tears apart the tree where they are nesting. Dense clouds form overhead as the family grabs the laundry from the line. In a climactic illustration, roofs, doors, fences, and trees hurl and spin in the cyclonic winds. After six hours, the storm has passed, leaving the locals to pick up the pieces-many, many pieces. Those who experience this astonishing book will have greater respect-awe, even-for thunderstorms and for those whose lives are so intensely affected by these phenomena.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Once again, Geisert displays his expertise in the art of copperplate etching. A sequence of rural scenes shows a storm and its effects, while a family drives through the countryside, hauling stacks of hay bales behind their red pickup truck. Often viewed from a distance, their seemingly random movements and the progress of the storm provide scattered hints of a story. The minimalist text begins, “SATURDAY AFTERNOON JULY 15 12:15 PM” and continues by simply identifying the time of day, from “12:20 PM” to “6:15 PM.” Artistically, there’s much to admire in the meticulously created etchings. The delicate watercolor tints bring the scenes to life, and the occasional cross-sectional views of house, barn, tree, and the earth itself will fascinate some children. Although the book’s broad double-page spreads and fine paper provide a showcase for the art, the confusing visual narrative will confound viewers who try to connect the images into a satisfying story line for children. Still, where Geisert’s books have a following, libraries will want to add this beautifully made volume to their collections Grades 1-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592701337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592701339
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Geisert's unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators', annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nonfiction on June 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We generally love Arthur Geisert books. As always, Geisert's illustrations of midwestern farm life in Thunderstorm are very well done. However the illustrations of the tornado and its aftermath are pretty intense. Mostly though my child and I found it confusing as a story, especially trying to piece together the events in time and wondering why people weren't sheltering better. Overall it was kind of odd. I would definitely recommend that Arthur Geisert fans check this one out in person before purchasing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz1388 on June 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a picture book by a prolific childrens' author I discovered recently. I bought this one because I live in the Midwest and wanted it as a gift for a 4 YO who likes farms and farm machinery.

I like the pictures myself although the fact the clocks in the illustrations do not advance in time along with the time of day in the subtitles has me puzzled. I admit I wasn't prepared for the tornado aspect of the "story". From the description I thought it would just be a heavy, summer rain storm.

The way that a typical day's outdoor activities for several farms is shown before, during and after a tornado is unique. Of course if a child had lived through a tragic storm, I would be very hesitant to gift this book. Luckily this boy does not live in "tornado alley" and here almost all homes have basements.

Not sure I will gift he book now, but will post an update about its reception if I do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karategirLL on September 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My toddler loves this book. It gave me a chance to explain to him what can happen during a thunderstorm and what happens during a tornado. As someone who grew up in Kansas and Florida I really would have loved a book like this to explain things to me while I was young, instead of assuming that I would be like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and end up hiding in a house that lands on a witch. My son requested this book before naptime and bedtime everyday for two weeks before we returned it to the library. The illustrations are gorgeous, I love how it shows different situations people can be in and lets be real tornados can be devastating. I would rather use this book to explain how tornados can take down houses than have my son see something even more horrific on the news. This is a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann on June 29, 2013
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Love the pictures and the whole story.Love to study all the little details and it tells a great story especially for the midwest weather.
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