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Gr. 3^-5. When a tornado is sighted, a boy's family rushes to the storm cellar. Anxious about the father, who's still in the cornfield, they listen to the storm overhead and to the stories related by their farmhand, Pete, about Tornado, the dog he knew and loved as a boy. Framed by the progress of the current twister, the five interior chapters are Tornado tales. The first concerns a storm that blew the dog and his doghouse into Pete's life; another tells of Tornado's dealings with a cat; yet another relates the dog's ability to do a card trick. One full-page, shaded pencil drawing appears in each chapter. The episodes are fairly short and the print large. The handsome illustrations by Doron Ben-Ami give the volume a more distinguished, less juvenile look than the typical chapter book and convey the story's drama, warmth, and occasional humor. Parents and teachers will find this an excellent book to read aloud, and dog lovers of any age will find it irresistible. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Betsy Byars is a widely read and loved author of many award-winning middle-grade books for children, including Summer Of The Swans (Viking), a 1971 Newbery Medal winner. The Pinballs was an ALA Notable Children's Book in 1977 as well as the basis for an ABC Afterschool Special. Other books she has written for HarperCollins are Good-bye, Chicken Little; The Seven Treasure Hunts, illustrated by Jennifer Barrett; and three I Can Read Books, the popular The Golly Sisters Go West, Hooray For The Golly Sisters!, and The Golly Sisters Ride Again, all illustrated by Sue Truesdell. Ms. Byars lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with her husband.



Doron Ben-Ami is an award winning illustrator living in Danbury Connecticut with his wife Hilary Kaufman/Ben-Ami and two children, Juilet and Jake. Mr. Ben-Ami studied art at Brooklyn College where he graduated Cum Laude in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He subsequently served an apprenticeship with renowned figurative painter Philip Pearlstein. His work has appeared on numerous young adult and children's book covers, as well as national advertisements.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Trophy Chapter Books
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064420639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064420631
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Betsy Byars is a Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award winner. Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and American Bookseller, among others.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lgbendt@mindspring.com on July 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Great story, with great illustrations. This book held the attention of my 8yo active son, and he enjoyed reading it. The illustrations make you feel as if you are actually touching the dog. What made it even better was that we own a black lab, identical to the one drawn in the book, and our lab came from the local pound. Hit home!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Have you read tornado?If you havn't I will tell you about.It is about a guy telling the people that live with him about when he was a kid and he found a dog an called him tornado Tornado because they found him after a tornado passed by. Close to the end when his dad and him road to the town to buy food he left tornado in back of the truck then when he came back he saw a girl hugging Tornado she said " oh I missed you so much". Then he starts to cry and tornado had to go with his real owner. I won't tell you if he gets Tornado back or not. Well my opinion is that this is a great book . So read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CDF on February 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I use this book every year with my third grade class when studying a unit on tornados. They do a storyboard summarizing each chapter. They laugh all through the book. The LOVE it! I am glad I found it on Amazon because it is very difficult to locate for purchase.

There is a tornado that causes a farm family to retreat to their storm cellar. To keep the children from thinking about the danger, their farm helper tells them stories about a tornado and a very special dog from his childhood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Someone on March 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was a great little book for my 2nd grade son to read on his own. The story was cute (about a wonderful dog) and exciting (a tornado), things he's interested in very much. This kept his attention and encouraged him to read on and finish it. I highly recommend this to any so-so reader, it will capture their imagination and it's easy reading. One part is kind of sad, but if they keep reading, it has a happy ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is easy to read but it is heart warming. It shows you how much he loved Tornado. It shows how broken hearted when his dog was taken away from him. You fell so badly for him. How could any one do that to him?
The book is about a family who has to go into a storm cellar because a twister is coming. Pete tells the family about his dog he uses to own named, Tornado. His dog was great. He could do card tricks and did what he was told. One day he brings Tornado to town with his dad. They are gone about an hour and a family comes and sees Tornado in the truck and starts yelling, "Look, it is Buddy!"So he has to give Tornado up to the family.
Will they get Tornado back? Will they ever get out of the storm celler? Just read the book to find out. I think this book is great for childern ages 7-10 or if you just want to read a short book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moon Shim on June 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Before you even start reading, this book is only 50 pages long, and 10% of those are pictures. It is way too shorter than any other book I call exceptionally wonderful, but this one deserves an exception.

This book features a "present and past" sort of flashback mechanics as the story progresses, but rather in a cheerful way.

The present: a family out in the fields, huddling inside their house's basement as the dreaded tornado passes through. The older brother, Pete, tells a story to calm the younger members of his family, the subject being......

The past: the times of Pete's childhood. A tornado struck their home without warning, and stripped the roof out from it, and caused several damages. In addition, an unfamiliar doghouse was shipped to their backyard due to the winds, and they decide to take him under their wings.

It is a short back-and forth kind of book: after a quick story, we pop back to the present to ask questions or continue on another tale. Although it may be short, I really like the individual stories concerning the dog (mentioned above as the one Pete found), and the family.

It is a must read for dog lovers, and it makes a nice bedtime story for your kids as well. I strongly recommend it to you all, and I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
Format: Library Binding
My name is Cassie. I am seven years old and in 2nd grade. It was a really good book! I got this book in the public library. One part, Pete, held out a deck of cards and Tornado (the dog) got one of the cards. And it was the three of hearts. This was pictured in the book and this was my favorite part. And also one part I liked too, was Tornado was in the back of the truck and Pete's father and him saw somebody saying "Buddy, Buddy" and Pete didn't know it was their dog. And they said, "this looks like our dog that flew across in the tornado". So Pete had to give the dog up. One day, Pete thought Tornado was back but he was just imagining hearing Tornado's tail wagging against the barn. But he really was back! And the people that were Tornado's owners didn't even come back to get Tornado! Pete yelled "Tornado's back, Tornado's back". And everyone ran outside. And they shouted Tornado's back!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Tornado is about a man named Pete who is telling a story during a tornado. He is telling a little boy that he had a dog named Tornado when he was younger. Pete discovered the dog in a doghouse when the tornado just ended, so he named him Tornado. During the book Tornado the dog can do card tricks and do some pretty exciting things. I liked this book because, for one thing, I love dogs. Also because I like watching and reading about tornados. What I disliked was that it wasn't very challenging. But overall, it was a very entertaining book!
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