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Tracks the path of a huge storm in Spring 1982 from the Pacific coast to New York, explaining why storms move west to east, how weather forecasters follow their progress, and the connection between geography and meteorology.
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Bruce Hiscock is the author-illustrator of many children's books, including Ookpik: The Travels fo a Snowy Owl. He lives in Porter Corners, New York.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-5-In a format similar to his Big Tree (1991) and Big Rock (1988, both Atheneum), Hiscock describes the effects of a storm that hit the United States in the spring of 1982. With simple, well-chosen words, he conveys a wealth of information about weather. While describing the various stages of the storm, the author smoothly weaves clear descriptions of concepts such as cold fronts and atmospheric pressure into the text. The storm is traced over seven days, so readers are able to see how all of the stages fit together and affect one another. Forecasters try to plot where warm and cold fronts will meet and cause dangerous conditions, and the anticipation is truly suspenseful. Hiscock's illustrations are unspectacular but effective, particularly the diagrams. He does not spell out the meanings of various symbols used in several of the weather maps, but because they relate directly to the scene described, they are easy to decipher. The pictures include meteorologists, adults stuck in traffic, and children watching weather reports, playing in the snow, and reacting to the elements in other ways. Gail Gibbons's Weather Words and What They Mean (Holiday, 1990) and Lynda Dewitt's What Will the Weather Be? (HarperCollins, 1991) introduce the topic to the same age group, but The Big Storm is exceptionally thoughtful, well crafted, and involving.
Steven Engelfried, Alameda County Library, CA
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Book Description Atheneum Books for Young Reader, New York, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Hiscock, Bruce (illustrator). Seller Inventory # 7279
Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689317700
Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110689317700