A tornado appears in the distance, and Pete, the farmhand, gathers everyone into the storm cellar. While they wait for the storm to pass,he tells the family about the dog dropped down by a tornado when Pete was a boy. Named Tornado, Pete's pet was no ordinary dog -- he played card tricks, saved a turtle's life, and had a rivalry with the family cat. By the time Pete tells...more
1. That dog/the illustrations--he looks JUST like my big old beastie... warm fuzzies all around.
2. The reading level/plot/characterization--a great fit together. This is an early chapter book that will hold young readers' interest with a great story and memorable characters (not least of which is the dog, Tornado). It's not going to feel too "young" for older new readers, but it will still be understandable for young new readers.
I think it will make a...more
There was nothing that I did not like about this book. I loved all the stories that the children told while waiting the storm out. I smiled at some and got teary eyed at others.
I think this would be a great book for second graders on up. Even adults will like this story. It would also make a...more
Momma's review: I loved this book because the author obviously is a dog-lover... in little ways, her words proved that she knows dogs and loves them... this book reminded me so much of the black lab I owned as a child whose name was Coal. I find it exceedingly difficult to find wholesome early chapter books that...more
Betsy Byars is as good as ever in this very short read, but the accompanying pictures by Doron Ben-Ami are some of the best that I have ever seen. They are so finely detailed and smooth that I could actually believe that they are photographs.
There have been many stories of loyalty between a boy and his dog, but this one has some very good elements that make it a worthwhile read, and the circumstances under which the tale is told make i...more
Tornado is a great book if you love dogs. I am not a fan of dogs. Ya'll are probley going crazy reding this knowing i dont like dogs. Tornado is about this family and there a nice family they live on land. A tornado comes and they all have to get in the cellar room. Anyway, they recive a dog and it runs away and at the end......
She has won many awards. Among them are the Newbery Medal in 1971 for her novel The Summer of the Swans, the American...more