Monday, February 1, 2010

Hurricane Katrina

Fradin, Judith Bloom and Dennis Brindell Fradin. 2010. Hurricane Katrina (Turning Points in U.S. History). Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

Hurricane Katrina is part of the Turning Points in U.S. History collection by Marshall Cavendish, appropriate for Grades 3 and up. In simple language,
On the evening of August 25, Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeastern Florida near Miami.  With winds blowing at 80 miles (129 km) per hours, Katrina at this time was a Category One hurricane, the weakest kind.  It toppled trees, knocked down power lines, and flooded streets.  In all, Katrina killed sixteen people in Florida.  This was a bad situation, but Katrina was just getting started.
Hurricane Katrina provides a comprehensive look at one of our country's biggest disasters.  Six chapters outline the science of hurricanes, a chronology of events, the plight of those left behind, the aftermath of the disaster and lessons learned.  The facts are presented without politics or bias, but do include the controversy that followed the government's handling of the crisis.

Inset text boxes add context to the story, relating hurricane facts, hurricane history, and individual experiences - both positive and negative.  Numerous photos are included.  Completing the book are a Glossary, Timeline, Further Information pages, Bibliography and Index.

For an uplifting Hurricane Katrina story, read Two Bobbies: A true story of Hurricane Katrina, friendship, and survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery - a Junior Library Guild Selection.

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