What in the world is a tornado? In this age of extreme weather, this newly updated edition of Gail Gibbons' informative introduction to tornadoes, with safety tips included, answers that question.
Tornadoes form when hot, humid air rises from the ground and meets with the cooler, denser air that is falling back to Earth. The two airstreams begin to swirl, pulling in more and more air to form a funnel-shaped cloud. The winds can swirl faster than 261 miles per hour! Using her praised combination of clear text and detailed illustrations, Gail Gibbons explains how tornadoes form, the scale used for classifying them, and the safest places to go in case one should happen near you.
* The Washington Post said, "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator."
* Booklist said, "Gibbons is a master at creating factual books through which young readers can explore details of nature at an accessible and engaging depth."
* Gail Gibbons's books have won many honors, among them the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book awards.
* Kirkus Reviews calls Gail Gibbons's books "staples of any collection."