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Hurricanes: Earth's Mightiest Storms

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0618062577
ISBN-10: 0618062572
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Grade 4-8?An attractive, well-written book from one of the more competent authors in the children's science field. If you already own Dorothy Souza's Hurricanes (Carolrhoda, 1994) or Jonathan Kahl's Storm Warning (Lerner, 1993) you still need this one. Beginning with an unnamed but still remembered super-storm that churned across Long Island and slammed into New England in 1938, Lauber goes on to discuss the weather conditions that give birth to hurricanes and the technological developments that allow meteorologists to track storms and predict their paths and powers. She describes the awesome strength of Andrew in 1992 and its possible long-term effects?abetted by construction and other human activities?on the ecology of Southern Florida. A section on other dramatic storms and the local implications of shifts in global weather patterns rounds out the readable, informative text. Crisp full-color photos and clear maps abound, and a list of further readings makes the title useful as well as interesting to the inquiring mind. Well done, albeit slightly unnerving to those residing in high-risk areas.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Gr. 4^-8. Accounts of natural disasters make thrilling stories. Like her Newbery Honor Book Volcano (1986), Lauber's full-color photo-essay combines the human drama with scientific information. Here her subject is the great whirling storms that roar out of the ocean: what makes them, how to track them, and what destruction they cause. She begins with a detailed account of one disaster that came as a terrifying surprise: the 1938 monster hurricane that ravaged Long Island and New England. Then she discusses the physics of storms and the modern development of sophisticated instruments, including weather satellites and powerful computers that can help predict the path and the strength of storms. She focuses on recent big storms, especially Hurricane Andrew in 1989, detailing the damage to human areas and also to plants and wildlife. The simple, dramatic prose communicates the rising tension and the terrifying facts ("whole houses were lifted off their foundations and smashed to pieces . . ."). Browsers will start with the clearly captioned photos of pounding seas, wrecked neighborhoods, and flattened trees. The spacious book design, with large type, thick paper, wide margins, and clear maps and diagrams, will keep them reading. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618062572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618062577
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Happy librarian - needed book found here! Hope the teachers and students are happy with them, too! The only downside is that I must catalogue them myself, but it is worth the time and effort to be able to get materials not available elsewhere at these prices!
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What are earth’s strongest storms? Tornados can do a lot of harm in a short while, but for sheer power over a large area for longer periods of time, the answer is hurricanes, also known as typhoons, cyclones, and willy-willies. Beginning with the unnamed but still remembered monster storm of 1938 that hit the northeastern United States, award-winning author Patricia Lauber explains what scientists know about how hurricanes are made, how they can be detected and predicted, and how much damage they can do. Some of the specific storms of special note which are discussed include Camille at Biloxi, MS, in 1969; Hugo at Charleston, SC, in 1989; and Andrew at Miami, FL, in 1992; among others.

This attractive, well-written book is a great introduction for young readers to help them understand the power, majesty, and destruction of hurricanes and is well illustrated with crisp drawings, clear maps, and numerous photographs, both black and white and full-color. In the back, there are an index and a bibliography for further reading. There is one rather eerie “prophecy.” Lauber wrote, in 1996, “Some areas must take special steps to protect themselves. One of these is New Orleans, which lies six feet below sea level and is mostly bordered by water. The city has built a flood wall, eight and a half miles long, to hold back lakes that could send 20 feet of water into the city during a big hurricane. But the city needs a stronger building code and many more inspectors.” Obviously, this warning was written well before Hurricane Katrina in 2005—but apparently not heeded.
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Great book! Thank you for the speedy delivery.
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My daughter really enjoyed this book.
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