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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  13 reviews
With winds that can reach speeds of three hundred miles an hour and funnel clouds that can measure a mile in diameter, tornadoes leave enormous damage in their wake. Now award-winning author Seymour Simon examines these twisting columns of air and destruction. With the clear, concise style he is noted for, Simon explains how tornadoes are formed, why and when they are most ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers
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I think that children really appreciate the awesome photographs and descriptions of the massive power of tornado storms. I'm looking forward to sharing this book with my students. I'm a little concerned that there's some ambiguity in the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. The book states that a tornado watch means a tornado is likely because one has been spotted. If a tornado has actually been spotted, then a tornado warning is issued. I'll just make sure the students unde ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
It's tornado season and considering the number of tornadoes that have been in the news recently, I thought it would be a good idea to read a book like this to our girls. They have never lived in a tornado-prone area (nor do we now, really), but I wanted to explain what they are, how dangerous they can be, what we should do if we ever have a tornado warning, and mostly, to alleviate any fears that they may have from watching the news.

We really liked this book and had some really good side discus
This book is a good book if a student would be wanting to learn about tornadoes or if they were even assigned to write about tornadoes they could use some information from it; however, it was published many years ago so the dates of bad tornadoes would be extended.
Tornadoes are amazing works of nature. They are so interesting and mysterious in many ways. This book helps elude to what tornadoes are and how they form. It even gives events in history and their images. This is a wonderful book to use in the classroom.
I was obsessed with this book in elementary school and checked it out of the school library ALL THE TIME!! This book has everything about tornadoes and what the word thunderstorm means in spanish (I know thats random but its true!) There are also many older tornado storys and some of the greatest tornado storys of all time in this book. I love reading about tornadoes but I would be terrified to be in one! HEHE!
Tornadoes are one of the most powerful natural disasters on the planet. They erupt out of nowhere. Touchdown for a little as a few seconds and can leave destruction and death in their wake. They also can pack winds estimated at 318 MPH! The deadliest tornado in US History was an F5 tornado that struck three states on March 18, 1925 killing 695 people! This tornado was also known as the Tri-State Tornado.
Chasing tornadoes!? That is what I hope to do someday. As I mentioned already, I have loved weather ever since I was a little kid and I love storms. Again this is a great informational book that provides a lot of information along with great pictures.
Tornadoes are formed by supercell thunderstorms. They are very destructive and can pack winds up from 73 to 318 MPH. The strorgest tornadoes are F5's. F5 tornadoes are so powerful, they can lift strong brick houses of their foundations!
The hallmark of the Seymour Simon books are the brilliant full-page color photography.
a good children's resource
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Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science:] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association).

Seymour Simon uses his website,, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers
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