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Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – April 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Series: National Geographic Kids
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426307799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426307799
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through riveting narrative and eyewitness stories, young readers learn what it's really like to be caught in a monster tornado. Captivating first-person accounts and news reports detail survivors' experiences of the most destructive tornadoes ever to occur in the United States. And thrill-seekers' reports add to the drama and suspense. Historical perspectives on the human experience of tornadoes and scientific perspectives on why twisters happen and how to keep people safe add to the intrigue of this fascinating topic. Ample back matter will help students find sources to write well-informed and compelling reports.


Q & A with Tornado! Author Judith Brindell Fradin

Q: What inspired you to write a book about tornados?
A: Dennis and I are Midwesterners. As such, every spring and summer, we experience volatile weather, fascinating and frightening at the same time. Several years ago, our house and car were damaged by a downdraft--a phenomenon, like a tornado, caused by a cold front colliding with warm, unstable air. Last year, a tornado struck less than a mile from where I was driving with my daughter and granddaughters. Watching the gigantic wall cloud approach us and feeling the wind-driven, instantaneous 25 degree temperature drop was terrifying, forcing us to seek shelter. Who knows what this spring will bring as cold fronts from the north, winds from the west, and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico collide and spin over our area?

Q: Why is it so difficult to predict when a tornado might hit?
A: Tornado prediction is much more reliable now than ever. The Storm Prediction Center monitors radar and satellite imagery to watch the creation of spinning storm cells, then monitor conditions that could lead to severe weather. Sirens sound, alerting citizens to take shelter. For these reasons, there are fewer serious injuries and fatalities from twisters than in the past.

Q: Is there any other weather phenomenon you might want to write about in the future? Why?
A: We’ve already written our WITNESS TO DISASTER series for National Geographic Children’s Books: VOLCANOES! HURRICANES! EARTHQUAKES! TSUNAMIS! and DROUGHTS! Our FLOODS book has been written, but not yet published.

Q: What is the most fascinating thing about a tornado?
A: In an era when humans like to think we can control the trajectory of our lives more and more, tornadoes remind us of the power of nature and encourage us, like our ancestors, to learn to read the skies.

Q: There is some stunning photography in the book. Do you think people risk too much getting close to dangerous forces in the pursuit of snapping great photos?
A: People who photograph dramatic and violent forces of nature fall, in my mind, into three categories. Some are scientists, prepared with state-of-the-art storm-monitoring equipment and vehicles. The scientists understand, respect, and fear the forces of nature they study. Some are storm-chasers--risk-takers who, with lesser knowledge and equipment, shoot stunning images. Finally, there are amateur photographers who find themselves in the path of an approaching storm, whip out their cameras, click the shutter and snag awesome images. We sift through thousands of photographs taken by scientists, storm-chasers and amateurs to acquire the pictures for our books.

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Bought the book for my grandson who is 10.
Taxlady
He took this book to Kindergarten for show and tell and was so excited to share it with his new classmates!
C. Collins
Highly recommended for anyone (not just kids) interested in tornadoes.
D Kelleher

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on May 7, 2011
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This book starts by telling the reader about a monster tornado that struck Greensburg, Kansas back in 2007. Using bulletins from the weather service and comments by those who lived through it the reader gets a glimpse of the terror and incredible damage a tornado can cause. The photographs, as one would expect from a National Geographic book, are stunning. The picture of an almost entirely black sky with a tornado touching down is shiver inducing. There is nothing quite so humbling as Mother Nature.

The following chapters talk about the development of tornado science and prediction. The charts and diagrams and quick facts add nicely. The design of the book is very attractive and appealing, especially for reluctant readers. The lists of tornado records will of course need to be adjusted after this most recent outbreak, but the numbers are still impressive. For example, the widest known tornado was two miles, the highest wind speeds ever recorded on the planet were in a tornado, 318 miles per hour. Facts like these are hard to fathom for those of us who haven't witnessed them. Like most National Geographic publications, the photographs are its strength, creating awe on the part of the reader. The list of websites and books at the end of the book are a nice complement to the rest of the book. I highly recommend this book for those who want a better understanding of tornadoes and their affect on human lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Bane on April 23, 2013
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I bought this book for my son who wrote his own book about tornado facts for school (3rd grade). The book has a lot of photo's, some facts and stories about tornadoes. I probably would have picked another book for our purpose after getting the book but not the books fault or author. This book is what the title says. If you are looking to read about tornado stories and see photo's you will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Kelleher on April 28, 2013
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This book and the book Tornadoes by Seymour Simon were easy to understand, had great photos and lots of sidebar facts. Highly recommended for anyone (not just kids) interested in tornadoes. You may want more info but these books are a great place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on May 24, 2011
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A sobering plunge into the nightmare that has been plaguing parts of the US this year. It will give kids in the safe zone an informative and amazing perspective on tornadoes and the aftermath. This is a great book for research and for young tornado enthusiasts. Kids in the 9-12 age range will be awed. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
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