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"A succinct, informative essay illuminated by magnificent photographs. The subject is particularly absorbing, as it highlights the natural drama of a commonly experienced phenomenon....The stunning visual portrayal of storms, accompanied by impressive factual data and clear explanations in crisp prose, is truly compelling."--Horn Book.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 21st 1992 by Collins (first published January 1st 1989)
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book is great at talking about the causes of a storm as well as talking about hailstorms, downdrafts, lightning, thunder and hurricanes. This book goes into detail and shows many photos of the life of a tornado.

Lesson- this book would be great to discuss storms and use it with your weather unit. You can discuss tornadoes and have your students draw or create the phases of a tornado.
Christina Attaway
I think that this book is a great book to read because it is telling you information about how storms work or how the diffrent types work or connect to each-other. I can connect this book with the world because in the world they are many things going on and they are saying how they are hurracanes,earthquakes,sunnamies,and lightfning hitting our states country's. I can connect to this book because for example, there was a huge earthquake in hadi and there was huge disasters and thfe people in had ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read several nonfiction books by Seymour Simon. His books are very informative and usually have a lot of interesting color photographs. I like that the books are educational, but not overwhelming with details or boring.

This book about storms offers a look at thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes as well as the damaging effects from these types of storms. The narrative is fairly short and while it's informative, we didn't really learn anything new. Still, it serves as a good reminder as
Seymour Simon’s Storms is an informational textbook about the power of weather. The book describes the atmospheric conditions that create thunderstorms, hailstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Storms also describes how violent weather affects the environment and people.

Storms is an informational book for several different reasons. This book is a specialized topic book on storms, which is a characteristic of the informational books. Additionally, this book provides different experience
Laura Verret
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-sale
While tornadoes, hail, and hurricanes are mentioned, rain and thunder storms are the undoubted focus of Storms. How precipitation – both liquid and icy – is formed is discussed as well as the shape of various clouds and the effect the different types of storms have on the environment.

Conclusion. Good. Also read Can It Rain Cats and Dogs? and Let’s Find Out About Heat, Weather, and Air for more information about weather.

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Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7-informational
Author/Illustrator: Seymour Simon
Genre: Informational
Grade Level: 4.9
Lexile: 940L

Summary: Storms are a big part of our lives. This story talks about the importance of storms and our weather. It looks at all different types of storms and even goes into recent examples like Katrina and Andrew. This is an extremely detailed book. It would be a great science read aloud when you were doing a weather unit.
Hannah Jefferson
Seymour Simon continues his wonderful contributions to children's nonfiction with this book. It explains storms matter-of-factly and includes exciting photographs to further appeal to kids' fascination with storms and natural disasters.

This book would be appropriate to teach first-, second- and third-graders about weather and storms.
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Nick Shaffer
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great book for children interested in nonfiction. Great for teaching about different types of storms.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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a good children's resource
good pictures and wow appeal for kids
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Good book.
Mar 19, 2009 marked it as to-read
Unit on weather
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a nonfiction book that discusses all types of different storms throughout the world. If a child is interested in storms they would find this book fascinating and wonderful to read.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thunderstorms are very scrary. They produce rain, lightning, wind, and even tornadoes.
Tyler Barnes
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
it is great
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful photos. My kids enjoyed it.
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