by Judy and Dennis Fradin

Price at time of review: $16.95
63 pp.
National Geographic Society
Washington, DC
ISBN: 9781426307799

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Amazing and timely photos tell the story of this devastating weather event. Readers will understand the science behind often–tragic headlines from its clear text and diagrams. A warm, moist air mass encounters a fast moving, cool mass and the power of the dry line's condensation wreaks havoc.

The book begins with stories about real life storms. A car destroys a house; a school gymnasium lies in ruins. The power of the storm can't be denied. Memories from witnesses provide a personal touch to grab reader interest. Three chapters of meteorological science follow to make this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book a valuable scientific foundation for students at the middle school level. A bibliography and extra web resources complete the package.

Review posted on 1/20/2012

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