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Terrible Storm

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
In this fictional account, Grandpa Otis and Grandpa Clark recall the great blizzard of 1888, also known as the "Great White Hurricane," which paralyzed the East Coast of the United States that year. Each man has his own reasons for remembering how bad the blizzard was. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Greenwillow Books (first published 2007)
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Lydia Erakare
Dec 07, 2016 Lydia Erakare rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic
1. This book has received the Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Book Award (2008).

2. This book is appropriate for 1st-4th grade.

3. This book tells the story of the great blizzard of 1888. It came out of nowhere and in the middle of March! Two lifelong friends remember the blizzard each in their own way but they have one thought in common, it was terrible! Grandpa Otis was stuck in a barn all by himself for days. As a lively and social man this was terrible! While Grandpa Clark was trap
Dec 07, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
1.Kindergarten to third grade.
2. Walt and Fred are two grandfathers that are the complete opposite, however, they both endure the same terrible snowstorm that they retell to their grandchild. One grandfather is quite and likes to keep to himself, while the other is outgoing and enjoys being around others. One took shelter in a barn while the other at home.
3. "Terrible Storm" by Carol Otis Hurst shows great contrast between two different types of people: introverts and extroverts. She captures ho
Maggie Sideris
Jun 02, 2016 Maggie Sideris marked it as to-read
Title: Terrible Storm
Grade Level: Kindergarten-3rd grade
Summary: This book is about a mans two grandfathers that endure the same terrible snowstorm. Walt and Fred, the two grandfathers, are total opposite people, but have known each other since they were little boys. The story is about their different adventures during the storm.
Review: The illustrations in this book were very detailed and beautiful. I like how the illustrations would jump back in time when the grandfathers would tell about what
Rachel Yingling
Sep 08, 2012 Rachel Yingling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, family
This story is told from the perspective of two older gentleman and what they thought of a particular storm that occured many years ago. It is very interesting because it shows how different these two are in personality. One likes to be alone doing his own thing, while the other one enjoys being around others in social situations. During the storm that they are discussing they both end up in the opposite situation of what they are normally comfortable with and this makes the storm seem extra terr ...more
Tim Snell
Oct 02, 2009 Tim Snell rated it really liked it
Genre: Historical Fiction
Copyright: 2007

In March of 1888, New York City and parts of New England were hit with a terrible blizzard. It snowed and snowed and didn't let up. "Terrible Storm" tells about a person's grandfather's (one shy, one outgoing) and their experiences dealing with the terrible storm of 1888.

This book was great! The layout of the book was very good. Half of the page is dedicated to one grandpa's story, while the other half is dedicated to the others. The illustrations were com
Barb Middleton
Apr 30, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
I read this to grade 2 students and they loved the snow pictures. I told them some blizzard stories having lived in Central and Northern Minnesota. The story follows two grandpas who were out in the blizzard and one sought shelter at a home while another found a barn. It would be interesting to pair this book with the nonfiction book, Blizzard by Jim Murphy, which gives more facts and details about the storm as well as great photos. I would like to have a discussion with grade 4 students and mak ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, storytime
Two old grandpas sitting on a porch remembering that terrible storm of 1888. I want to try this out when winter's coming. Probaby best for preschool or older.

Dialogic possibilities: keeping track of two parallel stories; talking about how their lives looked different than lives now.

Early reading literacy possibilities: print awareness: one grandpa's story goes along the top, one along the bottom; narrative: keeping 3 stories straight (grandpas on the porch; their two stories from the past about
Feb 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Bulletin
Shelves: kids, picturebook
An interesting meditation on how two people can have completely different views and interests. Two grandfathers tell the story of the awful (historical) blizzard where each was stuck in uncomfortable circumstances although completely different situations. Once the storm starts, the illustrations become a split screen depicting both grandfathers' trials with the minimal text sometimes serving for both stories. Would work quite well for a snow storytime, although the text is very dependent on the ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it
Lovely book that tells the story of two very different grandpas and why the great blizzard of 1888 was so terrible to each of them. One grandpa is outgoing, the other is reclusive, so it was interesting to hear how each one dealt with the storm that stranded them, and left them "out of their element" for three days. Genre-historical fiction, C. 2007
Jan 19, 2017 DeNae rated it liked it
This story has a fun premise, but doesn't go into enough details, which left me a wee bit confused. At 39, I don't think a book written for 3-4 year olds should leave me even a little perplexed. ha!
Feb 02, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
This book has it all! Nearly five feet of snow (also known as The Blizzard of 1888), how one extrovert ends up quietly snowed in for three days and how an introvert winds up packed into a busy house for three days. It filled me with smiles.
Mar 22, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This story is perfect to read during Winter. It talks about a winter storm coming and trapping to very different men in places where they thought they may go crazy if they didn't dig themselves out.
Jan 22, 2008 Carolyn marked it as to-read
AR 4.7 -- 7 points
Jan 26, 2014 Jerilyn rated it really liked it
Two different perspectives of the same event.
Jul 18, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
This was a pretty funny book, based on a true story, with absolutely delightful illustrations.
Fun story of two old friends comparing notes about a childhood blizzard with a humorous look at where they end up riding out the storm.
What happened during the big storm of 1888, when a very chatty and social man was stuck in a barn by himself and his studious, quiet friend was stuck with a group who love to dance and socialize?
May 15, 2009 Karla rated it really liked it
A charming book about the blizzard of 1888 and the account of the author's two grandfathers, who waited out the three day storm in very different circumstances.
Nick Cherry
Great illustrations, but long and dull story line. I think kids would lose interest fast.
Samantha Westall
Sep 08, 2016 Samantha Westall rated it liked it
Cute story about the Blizzard of 1888 in Westfield Massachusetts.
Jan 27, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Very cute. Text and pictures are well-woven, the pictures speak for themselves, simple and well-paced.
Stacey Mulholland
Nov 27, 2014 Stacey Mulholland rated it really liked it
I might use this with my 5th graders when we read Jim Murphy's book Blizzard
Jan 02, 2017 Melki rated it really liked it
Two grandpas reminisce about an awful snowstorm, and the things they had to do to survive. A cute and humorous story.
Feb 08, 2014 Bree rated it it was ok
kids didn't love it, but illustrations were well done
we have read 'the long winter' so this book doesn't compare
Stephen Snyder
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