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Terrible Storm

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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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Tim Snell
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...more
Rachel Yingling
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
Barb Middleton
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
Carol Anderson
I really enjoyed this book! I can just imagine two old men sitting on the porch telling this tale.
Bree
Notes:
kids didn't love it, but illustrations were well done
we have read 'the long winter' so this book doesn't compare
Jennifer
Feb 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Heidi
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...more
Jerilyn
Two different perspectives of the same event.
Sandy
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
Sarah
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.
Edna
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?
Karla
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.
Susan
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.
Amanda
Very cute. Text and pictures are well-woven, the pictures speak for themselves, simple and well-paced.
Nick Cherry
Great illustrations, but long and dull story line. I think kids would lose interest fast.
Carolyn
Jan 22, 2008 Carolyn marked it as to-read
AR 4.7 -- 7 points
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