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Episode 55 — Well-Read Weather

 

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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 13:30
Original Air Date Published May 30, 2013

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National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Weather by Jonathan D.W. Kahl (Scholastic, 1998)

You may have heard of a field guide for birds and trees, but have you ever heard of a field guide for weather? Well, this is it! This book is perfect for the young meteorologists in your family. The first two sections of the book explain what weather is and describe how kids can track the weather by making simple tools, like a barometer and rain gauge at home. The third section is the largest and most fun- the field guide. There are photographs and descriptions of just about every weather phenomenon that exists, things that are common to kids like tornadoes, fog, and lightning and things that kids may never have known existed like microbursts, mesocyclones, and storm surges. This is a timeless and perfect book to keep in your reference section at home.

Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long (Philomel Books, 2011)

Otis is a tractor who lives on a farm. He gets along famously with all the animals except for one…the bull. And no one gets along with him. Any attempts that Otis and the animals make to befriend the bull get met with snorts, fierce looks, and charging. One day, a tornado comes blowing in. Otis leads the animals to safety, but there is one animal that is left behind…the bull. Otis must make a decision. Should he risk his safety to save the mean, grumpy bull? Children will be rooting for Otis in this boldly illustrated book about a brave, red tractor with a heart!

Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo (Marshall Cavendish Children, 2011)

It all starts when Tornado Slim meets a coyote that asks him to deliver a letter to Fire Gulch City. In return for doing this, the coyote gives Tornado Slim his blue cowboy hat. The task seems simple enough, yet is anything but! Along the way Tornado Slim nearly gets washed out by a busted dam, whirled up in a tornado, and caught in a roaring fire. Through all of these disasters Tornado Slim discovers that the blue cowboy hat has some mighty powerful magic. It’s just the right kind of magic to save lives and stop bandits. When Tornado Slim finally makes it to Fire Gulch City he gets the surprise of his life, and readers will get a surprise, too.  This book will leave you chuckling and have you paging back to the beginning to trace the foreshadowing.

Storm Runners by Roland Smith (Scholastic Press, 2011)

This is the exciting, fast-paced first book in a trilogy about middle-schooler Chase Masters and his storm-chaser father. In book one, Chase and his father have just moved to Florida in the hopes of seeing Hurricane Emily. Chase’s father leaves Chase to enroll himself in school and get settled at the Rossi’s “farm” while he and his partner, Tomas, travel to St. Petersburg to catch the action of Hurricane Emily. However, something happens that no meteorologist, and certainly not Chase’s father, predicts: Hurricane Emily doesn’t hit St. Petersburg; it hits 50 miles north of St. Petersburg, which is exactly where Chase is! Now Chase has to use all of his survival skills to save himself and his two new friends, Nicole and Rashawn. This is just a warning: Have book 2 close at hand because book one leaves you hanging!

Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner (Walker & Company, 2012)

Jaden’s summer is going to be one that she never forgets. Her father, a world-famous scientist, has invited her to live with him for the summer at the state-of-the-art, storm-free housing development called Placid Meadows to attend the science school called Eye on Tomorrow. Eye on Tomorrow is where only the smartest and most talented young scientists get to study weather, specifically storms. However, things aren’t quite what they seem.  Jaden discovers that her father has learned how to manipulate storms and direct them for his own purpose. Jaden is faced with a tough decision. Will she hide her father’s wrongdoings or bring them to light? It’s a matter of life, family, and friendship. Readers will be intrigued with this futuristic world and this fast-paced plot that builds to the end.

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Listen in as Kate Messner discusses how she meticulously planned out the future to make it realistic and some of the cool technology that she invented for her science fiction novel Eye of the Storm.