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A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renée Watson
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Jun 01, 11

bookshelves: african-american-interest, picture-book
Read in May, 2011

In addition to providing a glimpse into the experience of historical Hurricane Katrina, through first person poems about four fictional friends who live through it, I think A Place Where Hurricanes Happen would be helpful to any child who is worried about hurricanes and other natural disasters. Illustrations by Shadra Strickland don't shirk at portraying flooding, waiting lines to leave the Superdome, and destroyed buildings, but I was confused by the tidy neighborhood shown "a year later" on the book's last pages, which looks untouched. The ultimate message is that people do survive disasters.
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