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Hurricane

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  595 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
When a storm is raging, David and George are glad to be inside the house, snug and safe. In this spectacular picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient David Wisener, a fallen tree becomes the threshold to the limitless voyage of the imagination, which David and George share as only true friends--and brothers--can.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 22nd 1990 by Clarion Books
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Julia
Nov 27, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I'm pretty sure this is the final solo David Wiesner book that I hadn't read yet, and I had trouble getting my hands on a copy. But I finally did! As always, stellar artwork and fantastic attention to detail. I love his imagination and creativity. More children should be exposed to his work, as well as the work of Chris Van Allsburg.
Somona
May 09, 2010 Somona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Author: David Wiesner
Genre: Picture Book
Publisher: Clarion Books
Summary: After a hurricane storm, David and George find a fallen tree in their neighbor’s yard. Using their imagination they turned the tree into a ship, spaceship, and traveled into the jungle. A couple of days later people arrived to remove the fallen tree. David and George are sad about the removal of the tree but another storm is coming and they both hope that a tree will fall in their yard this time.
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Brieanna Olsen
This is a story about two brother's who thought they lost their cat one night during a storm. Their cat was found and once it was cleared up they went outside and realized a big tree had fallen in their neighbor’s yard. The boys use their imagination and would pretend the tree had turned into a wild safari, a boat in the ocean, and a spaceship. One day they woke up and discovered the tree had been cut up. They were upset until their dad told them there was another storm coming, and there was one ...more
Chrissie
Sep 03, 2015 Chrissie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hurricane is an imaginative contemporary story suitable for children from first to fourth grade. Two brothers, David and George, experience the effects of a hurricane hitting their neighborhood. After the hurricane blew through, David and George go out to survey the damage it caused. They noticed one of the trees had fallen near their house. For the next several days, the boys are drawn to the fallen tree. They use it as a place to get away and play. Sometimes they pretend they are pirates saili ...more
Betsy
Jun 10, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching-reading
Hurricane is a story of adventure and imagination after a windy storm brings down a tree in two young boys’ yard. Wiesner creates powerful imagery within the story through the depiction of a raging hurricane outside David and George’s window. The anticipation of what the hurricane might do is palpable and the reader’s minds are quickly at work. There is a strong element of safety, however, as the boys are snug in their house with their mother, father, and cat Hannibal. Wiesner assures readers of ...more
Jamie Drutz
Feb 10, 2014 Jamie Drutz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was beautifully done. It really displayed the power of a child's imagination, and the watercolor illustrations that went with it really made the story; without them, the words meant little. The book had a horizontal orientation which was important for the illustrations as they showed very large scenes, yet they were surrounded by white borders. I always enjoy little details within a book and I noticed in this one, the pet cat, Hannibal, was on almost every page. Whenever the ...more
Mandie Hill
Apr 25, 2016 Mandie Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Another perfectly well written and illustrated book by David Wienser. The story revolves around two brothers and their parents who watch a hurricane take place around their home. When they wake up the morning and the hurricane has stopped, the two boys go to see how much damage was done. When they see a huge tree has fallen down in their backyard, they begin to use their imagination and play inside and around the tree. From jungle excursions to outer-space adventures the two seem to always want ...more
Brittany Trinh
Jan 30, 2016 Brittany Trinh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: project-1
APA: Wiesner, D., & Wiesner, D. (1990). Hurricane. New York: Clarion Books.

Review: One night, two young brothers experience a small "hurricane" at their house. When they wake up the next morning, they see the damage outside their yard. One of their trees fell over during the storm. Instead of being sad or frightened by the incident, they see this as an opportunity to explore. The boys no longer see the tree as broken, but they use their imagination and see it as a pirate ship, spaceship, and
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Spencer Klein
May 02, 2015 Spencer Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, t-l-307
Hurricane by David Wiesner is a book about two children who make the best out of their situation when a dangerous hurricane passes through through their hometown. The next morning, the children go outside to see a tree had fallen over. The two boys climb on the tree and their imaginations take over. They become pirates sailing the ocean and space ship pilots exploring the stars. They wake up to the fallen tree being disposed of because it had fallen into their neighbor's yard, which makes them w ...more
Anna
Dec 10, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again David Wiesner demonstrates his excellence at capturing the magic that children can find in situations that might seem commonplace. When a hurricane hits town and a huge tree is knocked down next to their house, two young boys turn it into all manner of fantastical things - a jungle, a sailing ship, a rocket, a general place to hide. This feels very true-to-life. Highly recommended for young readers.
Randi
Two boys David and George are inside during a scary hurricane. The next day the boys find a fallen tree and the boys embark on many different imaginative adventures. This book really explores the imagination children have. These boys are so creative and create so much with the fallen tree. The illustrations on each page are wonderful they fill up the entire page. Wiesner does a great job bringing the boys adventure to life through his illustrations. The reader is able to see what the kids are se ...more
Alexis White
Dec 05, 2014 Alexis White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a hurricane, two brothers, David and George, find a fallen tree in their neighbor’s yard. With their huge imaginations, they turn the tree into a ship, spaceship, and traveled into the jungle. A couple of days later people arrived to remove the fallen tree. David and George are sad about the removal of the tree but another storm is coming and they both hope that a tree will fall in their yard this time, so they have something to play with.

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Salina King
Dec 06, 2015 Salina King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-l307, picture-books
After a massive hurricane blows down one of the giant elm trees two young boys find a way of making it into their new playground. These brothers go one wild adventures all of which are based around their fallen tree. I think that the illustrations do a great way of showing the young boys imagination and how they transport themselves to all sorts of crazy places. A way I can see myself reading this book to my classroom would be to show students the power of their imagination and also introduce th ...more
David
Mar 24, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Wiesner is best when he writes the least and draws the most. There are picture books and then there are David Weisner's picture books. His books are top quality. This is no exception. Thank you for a wonderful story.
Jasmine Bowman
Although this book is another one of David wiesner's beautiful picture books, I decided to put it in the realistic fiction category because this story could actually happen in real life. It is about a hurricane knocking down a tree in the yard of two little boys. The two little boys thought that it was a great tree and they played imaginitave games with the tree and hid in it's branches until one day some men came and removed it from the yard. The book ends with the little boys' father calling t ...more
Millie Simonds
Although this book is another one of David wiesner's beautiful picture books, I decided to put it in the realistic fiction category because this story could actually happen in real life. It is about a hurricane knocking down a tree in the yard of two little boys. The two little boys thought that it was a great tree and they played imaginitave games with the tree and hid in it's branches until one day some men came and removed it from the yard. The book ends with the little boys' father calling t ...more
Leyla Shill
Having been through numerous hurricanes myself, this book would be a great idea to use to read to children right before they go through a hurricane to help them not only be able to relate to the story, but to help ease their anxiety and to help them see the positive and fun that can come from a great storm. Even though this book contains more text than I normally have seen in his books, David Wiesner does not disappoint with his amazing watercolor illustrations. With the text continuously at the ...more
Reggie Overton
Dec 03, 2014 Reggie Overton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story explores and delves into the true limitless of the imaginative child's mind.The reader is introduced to a pair of ordinary brothers who experience a powerful storm that ends up knocking a large tree down. The children take the opportunity to play games with the tree and use their imagination to devise several different settings, from a pirate ship, to a lively jungle. The illustrations are captivating and provide hints to the reader to do some of their own imagining. You may find your ...more
Erica Garl
The story begins with brothers, David and George, preparing for a hurricane and hoping there cat Hannibal does not get caught in it. When the hurricane hits they wonder what is happening outside. The next morning they go outside to find a giant tree fallen across their neighbors yard and begin to imagine and create adventures surrounding the tree, until it get hauled away.This book could be used as a safety awareness book. Ask your students if the have an emergency plan at home and go over what ...more
Sarah Finley
Hurricane by David Wiesner demonstrates the imagination of young children. The watercolor illustrations were darker colors, sticking with the natural colors such as blue, green and brown. They were very detailed and realistic. Every illustration was bordered but took up one whole page and half of the other page. I think it also portrays the storm really well and in a realistic way and I think the boys' reactions to the storm was really typical as well. This book would be a good read for children ...more
Rosie Sanchez
APA: Wiesner, D. (1990). Hurricane. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review: Hurricane by David Wiesner is a story about two brothers who experience the before, during and after process of a hurricane. David and his brother George hear the strong rain and winds of a hurricane. The next day, the boys take a look at the aftermath and are filled with imagination as they begin to play in the rubble of what the hurricane left behind. There are many positive elements to this text. First, this b
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Shanna Gonzalez
Aug 27, 2011 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
Hurricane opens with a family preparing for an oncoming storm. Batteries, grocery bags, and cat food lie on the kitchen counter, rain streams down the windowpanes, and two wide-eyed brothers worry over their missing cat. Then, peering through the strips of tape laced over the storm door, they quickly bring him in as debris swirls in the high winds. The family settles into their creaking house, and when the lights go out they gather around the fireplace for supper, while the cat curls in the dark ...more
Samantha
Apr 22, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
Two boys watch the sights and sounds of the hurricane outside their windows and are thrilled to discover that a large elm tree fell over during the storm. The tree becomes their new playhouse which takes them to the jungle, the seven seas, the stars and beyond.

They mourn the loss of their tree the morning that men with chainsaws chop it up, but their grieving period is brief when their father tells them another storm is on its way.

Watercolor illustrations excel at both the real world and the w
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Dani K.
Sep 24, 2013 Dani K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Hurricane, another amazing and lovely book by David Wiesner, tells the story of two brothers and their imaginary adventures inspired by a fallen tree. As the story begins, we witness the brother’s creative imagination as they worry their cat, Hannibal, will be blown away by strong winds of an impending hurricane. The hurricane acts as the catalyst for the rest of their imaginative adventures. It inspires elder brother, George’s, imagination as he speculates on the realities of the storm outside ...more
Jessica Rawden
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Becca Buckman
David Wiesner’s incredible use of imagination and great illustrations continues with his work in Hurricane. This story takes the reader on a journey into the imagination of two adventurous brothers after a hurricane hits their town and blows down a neighbor’s elm tree, creating a great place for exploration. The boys’ journey begins in the jungle and ends with a quest to the moon. I believe this story fits into the picture books genre of concept. It provides the readers with an idea and thought ...more
Sharne' Cherry
1. Contemporary Realism
2.When a storm is raging, David and George are glad to be inside the house, snug and safe. In this story, a fallen tree becomes the threshold to the limitless voyage of the imagination, which David and George share as only true friends—and brothers—can.
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a. Information of Hurricanes
b. The information that this book gives to children on how to deal with experiencing hurricanes are great. Apart from the hurricane information, it also gives children an idea with how to deal w
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Kristina Charnecki
Genre: Other Picture Books

David and George’s family is preparing for a hurricane; as night and the storm draws near, they are unsure of what is going to happen. To their surprise, they wake up to a downed elm tree in their neighbor’s yard. Little did they know this tree would open up their imaginations and become the best playmate.

a.) A major strength of this book is the detailed illustrations.
b.) The tree becomes an outlet of the young brothers to use their imagination, and this imagination tak
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Carly
Nov 04, 2012 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two brothers, David and George, are preparing for a hurricane. While they are getting ready, they ask each other questions about hurricanes. The next day they go outside and discover a tree has fallen down during the storm. This tree becomes their escape where fantasy comes to life until it gets taken away. This book is another of David Wiesner's great works. The illustrations support the story amazingly and really bring the story to life. Also, David Wienser uses his real life brother, George, ...more
Ashley
Sep 22, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Contemporary Realism

2. David and George discover that hurricanes are fascinating things, but that it's the affects of the storm that really leave an impression on them. Their imaginations are portrayed in beautiful images while their adventures pull at the heart strings.

3. Critique
a. The dialogue between the characters is honest and genuine bringing the reader into a state of nostalgia while reading. The story is simple but Wiesner brings the words to life with the candid portrayal of the cha
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During David Wiesner's formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.

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