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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
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, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 1.5
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.