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Hurricane

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  474 ratings  ·  71 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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Somona
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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Betsy
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
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
Anna
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.
David
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.
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
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
Shanna Gonzalez
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
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.
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
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
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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Beatriz Gonzalez
I thought this book was an alright book, not my favorite. We follow two boy's journey through a hurricane and the after math that follows. The after math includes a tree that toppled over and they decide to use their imaginations and have adventures. I strongly connected with the book because when I was younger I would have adventures as well, me and my sister would play on my grandmother's tire swing. The only difference was that it is still there to this date and it never got cut down.

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Buchdoktor
Der Wind bläst vor grauem Himmel einzelne Blätter durch den Garten. Vor dem nahenden Sturm muss schnell noch alles ins Haus geräumt werden, was im Garten herumliegt. Die beiden Jungen George und David sind gerade von draußen hereingekommen; ihre Mutter packt die Einkäufe aus. Große Aufregung - Hannibal, der Kater der Familie, wird vermisst. Als schon ganze Äste am Haus vorbeiwirbeln, sitzt endlich Hannibal vor der Tür - vorwurfsvoll maunzend. Drinnen lümmeln die Kinder mit Hannibal auf dem Sofa ...more
Gabrielle
David Wiesner shows the benefits of something that seems so horrible and depicts the beauty of it. The hurricane that David and George encounter seems scary at first. Once they begin to talk and explore their curiosity about hurricanes the hurricane is over. The next morning when they wake up they find an elm tree on the ground. This becomes their secret escape and their fantasy world begins. They explore the safari and outer space until one morning they come outside and the tree has been taken ...more
Jordan Davis
Hurricane is a very-well illustrated book. It starts with two boys sitting by the window watching trees falls around. There is going to be a hurricane and the boys are so afraid of the wind. In the morning they go and play on a tree that fell in their neighbors yard. They pretend the tree is a pirate ship and a space shuttle. The boys continue to play until the tree is chopped down by chain saws. When the tree gets cut down they became very sad, but their dad told them there was going to be anot ...more
Melody Wolen
Reading Level: 4th grade
Hurricane is the story of two brothers who have a hurricane go through their town. The aftermath of the storm leaves a fallen tree that makes for endless games. The illustrations in this story are full of imagination and vivid color. This book could be an entertaining and imaginative introduction to a weather unit, it would work best for 2nd to 3rd grade students.
Noelle Marie
Hurricane is a very well illustrated book. It starts with two boys sitting by the window watching trees fall around. There is going to be a hurricane and the boys are afraid of the wind. In the morning they go and play on a tree that fell in their neighbor’s yard. They pretend the tree is a pirate ship and space shuttle. The boys continue to play until the tree is chopped down with chain saws. When the tree gets cut up they become very sad, but their dad told them there was going to be another s ...more
Brittany
The colors and images in this book are so realistic. You really feel like you are in the middle of a hurricane. It gave me chills to look at the pictures in this book and I could feel the intensity of the storm.
I could also relate to the relationship between the brothers. They were waiting out the storm and imagining where the animals who live outside were hiding. This family was very close and warm and showed genuine concern for each other through its images.
This book shows you how to turn a ne
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Shaundell
David & George, two brothers, are caught in a hurricane. They wake the next morning to find the neighbor's fallen tree in their yard. The children circle the tree and realize it could add to their imagination as they explore the jungle, ride the seven seas, and journey to the stars and beyond. Unfortunately, the tree is cut down for lumber. That evening another storm approaches and the two boys hope the last standing elm tree will land in their yard.

The last picture in the book, with Hanniba
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Dolly
Mar 15, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
As always, David Wiesner has created a book so full of imagination and wonder that you can look at the pictures for a long time and still see something new the next time you read the book. This is a short story about a storm that takes down a tree, which just happened in the wooded area across the street from our yard the night before we read this book. Our girls will have to have some time to explore the downed tree and let their imaginations run wild. We enjoyed listening to this book being na ...more
Tabitha
Ages: Prek- 3rd grade

Wiesner’s illustrations are created in watercolor on Arches paper in the book, Hurricane.
He used thin, black lines to frame the realistic artwork which had very dark value in the beginning of the story and moved to a brighter intensity after the storm passed. It included a lot of texture in the details. The text was placed vertically surrounded by negative space during the beginning of the story, the pattern followed the flow of the pictures, turning horizontal and pacing th
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Carlee
This is one of the few David Wiesner books that is actually led by the text. It reminded me somewhat of Where the Wild Things Are because of the main characters use of imagination in turing a tree into many different magical lands. The tree falls down during a hurricane and the boys fall in love with it. When the tree is taken away they are sad and hope that the incoming storm will cause a tree to fall into their yard.

This is a cute story with great illustrations that take up 80% of the the two
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Helen Kumpel
This book is for: 3-5
Topic: Hurricanes; What happens during a hurricane and hurricane preparations
Reflection: I was able to relate to this book because of an experience I had when I was younger during a hurricane. As a child you are scared and can let your imagination run away with you. I believe this book would be good to talk to children about hurricanes, what happens during hurricanes, who is affected, how people prepare for them, and also give children an opportunity to write about an experi
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Kalynda
I checked out this book from the library, because of the author and because I thought it would be a wordless book…those are among my favorite, but it wasn’t…it was actually quite full of words, similar to some of his other books. The pictures were great, but it definitely wasn’t what I was thinking…like strike two on my predictions. With or without words I thought it would depict the scariness of a hurricane, the devastation, the disaster, the loss, the community…but the “fear” wasn’t really mor ...more
Kathleen
Avery couldn't get enough of this book. She loves books about storms . . .
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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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