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[March 28, 2007]
"Tornadoes," by Michael
Woods and Mary B. Woods, 2007, Lerner Publications, 64 pages, ages 8-12 years
As summer approaches, people of the Midwest are very aware of the storms
that can roar out of nowhere, creating massive devastation of property and
even loss of life. Young people are faced with news stories, watches and
warnings that can be lifesaving but also quite frightening. Sometimes it
seems inconceivable how quickly storms can change our lives.
With the recent deaths of eight young people at a school in Enterprise,
Ala., we are made aware that no one is immune to these forces of nature.
Tornadoes are a fact of life where we live. At some point children will
probably be forced to deal with a situation where they take cover from such
a storm. Parents can help children be prepared and more informed by exposing
them to information on storms. The library can be a valuable resource.
"Tornadoes," a new release from Lerner Publications by Michael Woods and
Mary B. Woods, contains tips on tornado safety, the differences between
watches and warnings, and safety precautions after a storm. Myths and facts
about tornadoes are discussed. The authors point out that early detection
and measuring of storm data has helped decrease human fatalities as
technology enables meteorologists to predict the formation of tornadoes more
Interesting questions about these storms are answered, such as: What
causes a tornado? How does a tornado form? Why does it "twist"? What is the
Fujita scale? Is a tornado the same thing as a hurricane?
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Did you know that weather forecasters in the United States could
not even use the word "tornado" until 1952? It was feared that such
a prediction would cause mass panic and people would get hurt trying
to get out of the path of the storm.
The authors keep explanations short and understandable, with lots
of diagrams and photos sprinkled on every page. Even the colors
chosen for the pages remind one of the muddy green color that storm
clouds become before a severe storm. A timeline, glossary and other
resources may help children with a larger frame of reference or help
with school reports.
Although tornadoes are a serious subject, we can find ourselves
fascinated by their bizarre destruction. Photos and firsthand
accounts by people who survived tornadoes bring into focus how
fickle these twisting masses of air can be!
To check out this book and others on storms and storm safety,
visit the Lincoln Public Library at 725 Pekin St.
[Text from file received from
Louella Moreland, youth services,
Lincoln Public Library District]