Twisters! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (DK Readers: Level 2)

Kate Hayden

Published by Turtleback Books, 2010
ISBN 10: 0613331710 / ISBN 13: 9780613331715
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Synopsis: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In a reissue of the popular Readers series with a fresh new look, children will learn about how tornadoes form, how they cause damage and how scientists track them.

From School Library Journal: Grade 1-3-One of the basic ideas that school librarians teach primary-grade students is the difference between fiction and nonfiction. So why do publishers continue to muddy the waters by using fictitious stories and characters in nonfiction books? Such is the case with Twisters! The first third of the book is devoted to a farmer and his dog, Barney, who stay outside in full view despite a tornado and hailstones the size of golf balls. The rest of the text provides a simple explanation of how tornadoes are formed and function, as well as their effects on the environment. The book is also filled with incredible real-life events surrounding tornadoes that occurred in the past and includes passable photographs. One has to wonder why one of those episodes was not used as the anecdotal introduction. More problematic for beginning readers, though, is that the book lacks any organizational structure such as chapters or sections. Segmenting the material is important to help beginning researchers navigate through or at least distinguish the fictitious beginning from the factual content. Other problems include the absence of the word "tornado" until well into the book and no mention of where twisters occur, other than Tornado Alley in the Midwest. While there is a need for nonfiction books on this subject written at this reading level, librarians had better wait.
Steve Clancy, Colonial Village Elementary School, Niagara Falls, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Title: Twisters! (Turtleback School & Library ...
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: School & Library Binding
Book Condition: Good
Edition: Turtleback School & Library ed.

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