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A Storm Called Katrina

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  249 ratings  ·  90 reviews
When Hurricane Katrina hits, Louis' dad leads the family into an unfamiliar, watery world of floating debris, lurking critters, and desperate neighbors. When Daddy fails to return from a scouting mission within the SuperDome, Louis knows he is no longer a baby. It's up to him to find Daddy--with the help of his prized cornet. Illustrations.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Peachtree Publishers
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How do we explain Hurricane Katrina to a child? The fear, tension, ugliness, and mistakes made in those days and weeks after Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans in 2005 is a hard lesson to teach and show young readers. Mother Nature’s power and fury is hard enough to understand and accept. But a difficult lesson that needs to be taught. Katrina is a part of our lives and history. A time filled with pain, death, and regret that marked and changed a city and country forever.

A Storm Called
In A Storm Called Katrina, Myron Uhlberg describes the journey Louis and his family take to safety during hurricane Katrina. After floating on a makeshift raft the family joins thousands of others evacuated to the Super Dome. Uhlberg shows how when resources are limited, the crowed begins to get aggressive. When Louis's father cannot find the family after looking for food, Louis plays his horn in front of the whole Super Dome to reunite his family. The book offers a great peak into how such a di ...more
A Storm called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg and illustrated by Colin Bootman is a heartbreaking story narrated by 10 year old boy Louis Daniel. This illustrated book tells the story about Louis and his family having to flee their home after Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, and the flood waters start rising around their home. After surviving the flood waters and having to endure other ordeals, such as getting denied a boat ride by strangers, the Daniel family make their way to the Superdome. But o ...more
Uhlberg details the story of an African-American boy named Louis, who along with his parents, experience the events that resulted from Hurricane Katrina. Although the story of Louis’ family is fictional, "A Storm Called Katrina" reads as almost non-fiction as the reader proceeds through occurrences such as learning about what happened to the levee, the confusion New Orleans residents encountered, and the experience of living in the Superdome. What the words cannot describe, the illustrations bri ...more
I don't usually review picture books or add them to my challenge total, but since I read this for the publisher, I will. This beautifully illustrated book chronicles young Louis's family in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. We see Louis's family ride out the storm in their home until the levees break and they must flee to the Super Dome. It's a very important look at this subject and handled very well for the younger set. I really appreciate the facts section at the end, and the il ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Uhlberg here relates the story of a black family in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and how they have to leave their home when the levee breaks. Children reading this will see the dangers and deprivations that people faced as Louis Daniel and his parents make their way to the Superdome and wait to be evacuated. Little does Louis Daniel realize the wisdom of his decision to take his trumpet with him when he evacuates. I wish the story hadn't been so flat--it lacked a depth of emotion to rea ...more
Margo Jantzi
A tastefully written fictional account of the traumatic Hurricane Katrina storm effects from the eyes of a ten year old boy. This picture book will help the younger learners learn about the storm in a gentle way.
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Text Set: Social Tragedy
Subject Matter: Response to Natural Disaster
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I included A Storm Called Katrina in my text set because it illustrates what a poorly managed crisis Hurricane Katrina was. A dark spot in American history, some argue that the handling of Katrina was because of race, while others argue the U.S. was simply ill prepared for a storm of this magnitude-- one that was not accurately forecast. In A Storm Called Katrina Myron Uhlberg sidesteps controversy and take
Sarah Snow
This book is a very age appropriate book for the severity of it's content. The author did a good job of addressing and describing the truth of Katrina while still keeping in mind the young audience. It is from the point of view of a child so it is relevant to the reader and it brings up honest concerns of tragedy.
It follows a boy who has to evacuate his house last minute to avoid the storm His family travels through the flooding city in search of shelter. The author captures the fear and innoce
Alisha Funkhouser
Uhlberg, M., & Bootman, C. (2011). A storm called Katrina. Atlanta: Peachtree.

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This book is full of truth and raw emotion. There were times when I wanted to cry because of the story and its truth. The story is about a boy Louis and his family's struggle through Hurricane Katrina. Louis only grabs his cornet because it is so special to him and he wants to play one day like Louis Armstrong. His mother calls him baby which he does not like in the beginning but as t
S Farneth
A Storm Called Katrina is a beautifully told story about a family who tries to escape the ravages of the hurricane that came through New Orleans in 2005. Explaining the horrendous storm to a child is difficult, but the story focuses on what a child would focus on during a difficult time.

When Mom and Dad tell Louis Daniel they have to leave right away, Louis grabs his cornet, the one thing he cannot leave behind. As the story progresses, the family joins many others who are wading through rising
Cassandra Neal
Louis and his family must evacuate their home when the levees break and flood waters engulf their neighborhood. Louis and his family flee their home, brass cornet in hand, and floating on a porch that was floating by, make their way to the Superdome. The conditions they find there are deplorable and when supplies begin to run out, Louis’ dad must leave his family in hopes to find a better situation for his family. Louis must be brave and find the courage to care for his family until his daddy co ...more
Graham Lazar
Uhlberg's "A Storm Called Katrina" is a great elementary text to teach the human perils of global warming. While many texts focus on the greater impact of humans on the environment ("The Great Kapok Tree," "The Giving Tree"...etc), few texts take on the direct impact of Global Warming on human beings. How do patterns of extreme weather resulting from Global Warming directly imperil human life, how are human beings struggling to adapt to severe and unpredictable weather events?

This is a fantasti
Tara Crump
A Storm Called Katrina
This book is told through the perspective of a young boy whose mother decides to wait out Hurricane Katrina instead of evacuating. As the water rises, the boy along with his mother and father are forced to use a makeshift raft to get to safety. The boy’s mother tries to protect him from gruesome sights as they make their journey to the Superdome.
The images really help move the story along and the color scheme seems to suggest water, however, I did not like the story much.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Louis Daniel and his family are in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina touches down. The story follows the family from the home that is just about to be flooded to the relative safety of the Superdome.

When Louis' father decides to leave and seek help, Louis and his mother feel left behind. The afternoon drags on and Louis realises that he is the one who needs to reunite their family.

The story is one that would
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I requested this book for two reasons. First, it's about New Orleans which is always a favorite subject for me. And more importantly, as an elementary teacher I'm always interested in children's books. This one's about Louis Daniel and his family's trial during hurricane Katrina. It's a good story, told in terms that younger children will be able to understand. It doesn't go deeply into any of the horrors of Katrina but then again that doesn't seem to be its purpose. As
Beautiful story, beautiful pictures. Can't wait to get a hard copy (I read this on Net Galley).
Ohio School for the Deaf Library
Beautiful story, beautiful pictures. Can't wait for a hard copy (I read this on Net Galley).
Narrated in first person by a boy named Louis Daniel (à la Louis Armstrong), this is the fictional story of what happens to one New Orleans family when Hurricane Katrina hits. Though it focuses on a traumatic event, the muted illustrations and evenly paced narrative make it an informative and relatable story, rather than a frightening one. Louis Daniel only takes one item from his house as they leave: a cornet, which he eventually uses to locate his father in the Superdome. The instrument could ...more
6/25/11 ** Book-a-Day: D28, Bk 33 ** When a book moves you to tears, it's got to be a 5 star. This is the tale of Louis and the day the levees broke in New Orleans. Daddy said, "Water's rising fast, we've got to get out of here." There was just time for ten-year old Louis to grab his brass cornet from the table as they plunged through the water covering their stoop. In subsequent pages, Louis's family paddle on a piece of someone's porch, passing a tail-wagging dog and a floating "pile of clothe ...more
We all know the story of Katrina. Despite your geographic location, back in August 2005 all eyes were turned towards this massive storm system as it churned its way through the Gulf. You never know with hurricanes ...they can be going one direction and then be hit by another front or steering winds and boom, instead of missing you completely, you are the new bull's eye. This storm started out no different and then grew into a monster. That monster hit New Orleans full steam ahead and brought wit ...more
Narrated by 10 year old Louis Daniel, this fictional story is based on the true events of Hurricane Katrina. Simply told, poignant and beautifully illustrated, A Storm Called Katrina is the ideal way to explain the devastation to young readers without terrifying or overwhelming them with graphic detail.

Louis and his family flee their home in New Orleans as the water rises, making their way to the safety of the Superdome; where Louis's much loved horn features prominently in the story.

With increa
Laura Madsen
Written by Myron Uhlberg and illustrated by Colin Bootman, this picture book tells the story of a young boy in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The boy, named Louis after the famous jazz musician Louis Armstrong, evacuates his home with his parents and his treasured trumpet. After wading through the flood waters and being denied a ride on a boat, Louis and his parents end up at the Superdome. Louis is threatened by grown men for his water bottle, and he and his mom get sepa ...more
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I'm a bit torn when it comes to A Storm Called Katrina. I thought that Colin Bootman's illustrations did a good job of showing the stress, fear, and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina without being too scary or overwhelming for younger children. Portions of the illustrations are flat and indistinct while the main focus, like Luis or his parents, will have a lot more detail. This helps when they're wading through the water or at the Superdome. Bootman is able
A Storm called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg, illustrated by Colin Bootman chronicles young Louis's family in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, including a stay at the Superdome.

Louis and his family survive the storm in New Orleans, evacuate their house as their neighborhood floods, end up at the Superdome, and avoid being separated in the huge crowd. Louis proves that he is not a baby.

At the end of the story there is a very informative Author's Note, bibliography, webbsite, and list of
Louis Armstrong, a young boy living in New Orleans, wants to grow up to play just like Louie Armstrong. When his family is forced to leave their home due to flooding after Hurricane Katrina, he brings his cornet with him. After floating through streets on a wooden front porch, Louis and his family end up in the Superdome. Louis father goes to find some food and water and when he doesn't return, Louis decides to find him. Louis plays his cornet on the 50 yard line and is reunited with his father. ...more
This is the heartfelt fictional story of Louis, a 10-year-old boy living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. When the storm hits, no one is really worried, until it worsens. Then there is no time for the family to gather any belongings except Louis’ horn. When they leave their home, they find a piece of porch floating and Louis and his mother climb aboard. His father pushes the porch with them safely on top. On the way, they saw disturbing things: a dog they are unable to rescue and a bo ...more
When the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina force his family to flee to the New Orleans Super Dome for refuge, young Louis--named after the great Louis Armstrong--insists on taking his cornet. Just managing to reach the Dome is difficult as the family must wade through deep water and float on part of some boards. Once there, things are not much better, but the family is able to stay together. When Louis's father leaves in search of food and water, Louis takes his musical instrument with him and ...more
I usually don't make it a habit to review children's books, but I received this as a Net Galley and was exceptionally pleased. "A Storm Called Katrina" is told through the eyes of a 10 year old boy named Louie who's cherished possession is his cornet. Louie lives in a loving family that together brave the storm and aftermath of Katrina in downtown New Orleans including the infamous turmoil at the SuperDome. I think the author was able to bring in just enough of the "scary" reality of the situati ...more
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Myron Uhlberg is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of a number of children’s books. He recently published a memoir of his life in Brooklyn, New York, growing up the oldest hearing son of deaf parents. He lives with his wife in Santa Monica and Palm Springs.

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