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YESTERDAY WE HAD A HURRICANE AYER TUVIMOS UN HURACAN

Author: Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier

Illustrator: Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier

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Publisher: Bumble Bee Publishing, ©2006

Material: hard cover

Summary: Using collage art to complement the text, a young child explains the events of experiencing a hurricane. This is a bilingual picture book for children.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: read with 4-year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: After our first reading, our preschooler wanted to go back and look at the pictures some more. There were lots of additional questions about hurricanes and what happens.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is simply presented, with a matter-of-fact tone that doesn't create a sense of fear (like some well-meaning monster stories sometimes do). Thanks to the Spanish text it will likely get a good number of readings so that we can practice vocabulary.

Pros: The story answers questions a young child would have about a hurricane and presents the story in a positive way. The material presents the event with some humor, but does not make light of what a hurricane is/does.

Cons: None, really. Our preschooler kept wanting to call the hurricane a tornado, as that is something s/he is familiar with. Be prepared to answer the sea v. land question.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This isn't a book you'll read frequently, but if you live in a hurricane-prone area, it is a good one to share.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TITO, THE FIREFIGHTER TITO, EL BOMBERO   MY PAL VICTOR - MI AMIGO, VICTOR   POLAR SLUMBER - SUENO POLAR

Educational Themes: You can use this book as a launching pad for talking about all kinds of weather. It also makes a great vocabulary builder in English and Spanish.

Notes: There is an English-only version, too. 2008 Silver Recipient: Bilingual, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, nature, foreign language, Spanish, bilingual book

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2006

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